Posted by: westafricanfootball | 08/04/2012


Yesterday, I watched the Round 23 match between Bechem United FC and Tema Youth FC in the

GLO Premier League 2011-2012. It was an uneventful match between two rather poor sides, but there were several players that made a good impression.

Bechem United FC had Ransford Kudjoe (born 05.05.1983) in goal. Their left-back was Rashid Abdul while Godfred Ofosu (born 21.01.1989) played at the right side of the defense. The central defenders were Yusif Ali and Maxwell Mensah (born 04.10.1985). Theophilus Apoh (born 30.04.1985), a new signing from Hearts of Oak SC, controlled the defensive midfield. Evans Osei and Abraham Annan (born 08.12.1988), another new signing from Hearts of Oak SC, played as attacking midfielders. A. K. Schoobe played at the left-wing while Peter Essien played at the right-wing. Richard Addai (born 27.07.1986) was the center-forward of the evening. Addai yet again showed what a brilliant finisher he is, scoring both goals for Bechem United FC. Both goals was close-range finishes inside the box, the first connecting a wonderful cross from Essien, the second a tap-in after a goal mouth melee.

Akwasi Adu (born 14.07.1989), Adamu Issah and Bismark Yaw Osei, a winger, striker and defender respectively, all made substitute appearances.

I was really impressed with the right-side of Bechem United FC, especially the experienced right-back Godfred Ofosu, formerly of Asante Kotoko FC, Tema Youth FC and the Feyenoord Academy. Ofosu had a heavy emphasis on attack and showed good stamina and made several dangerous crosses. His overlapping runs and understanding with the tricky Peter Essien gave Jeremiah Arkorful of Tema Youth FC a lot of problems. Left-back Rashid Abdul is another great player. He is strongly built and looks more like a central defender. Abdul has a cultured left-foot and I am surprised that he has not scored a league goal yet. Theophilus Apoh has joined Bechem United FC to get his career back on track. After struggling with injuries at the start of the season, Apoh found himself to be a fringe player at Hearts of Oak SC. The hard-working defensive midfielder is also a former player of the Feyenoord Academy. I liked the work-rate of the energetic Evans Osei and Richard Addai deserves attention as he scored his ninth and tenth goal for his struggling club. Addai is a typical striker who lurks around in the box, waiting patiently for a chance. Addai is rather strong and a handful for any defence.

Kofi Mensah wore the number one shirt at Tema Youth FC. Jeremiah Arkorful played at left-back while Joshua Oninku played at the right side of the defense. The central defenders were Alexander Antwi (born 22.02.1986) and Stephen Tetteh. As far as I could tell, Zubeiru Salifu played as a defensive midfielder, although he sometimes seemed to play in the heart of the defence.

Derrick Mensah and Moses Odjer had a strong partnership in the middle of the park. Mensah has the defensive focus, while Odjer is more of a playmaker. It was a bit unclear to me how the attacking trio of Abel Hammond, Conney Idan and Francis Narh were positioned, but Narh seemed to play as a striker. Hammond and Idan wandered a lot from side to side, rarely getting in front of goal. The goal of Tema Youth FC was scored by Hammond after good work from Narh.

Daniel Appiah and Nicholas Odjer, both strikers, made substitute appearances.

Although Jeremiah Arkorful had a difficult game, I am pretty sure that the full-backs of Tema Youth FC, Arkorful and Joshua Oninku, have a bright future in Ghanaian football. Arkorful, most likely in his early twenties, has gotten some rave reviews lately after two goals in March / April 2012. He is obviously at his best when racing down the flanks and his defensive duties seems to be neglected at times. Arkorful is skillful, powerful and he is truly an attacking weapon. Oninku is a rather similar player, but he seems like a somewhat better defender to me. Derrick Mensah, the highly regarded midfielder, was recently named in the squad of the Ghana U-20 national football team. Mensah always does his job, but I have to say that the skillful Moses Odjer seems a lot more exciting to me. Odjer, apparently only 16 years old, is sometimes a joy to watch. He is able to bring the ball forward with great speed and he also had a thunderbolt shot hitting the cross-bar. Attacker Abel Hammond scored for the second game in a row but was rather invisible to me. I am still not able to confirm that Hammond is the same “Abel Hammond”, born 01.06.1985, who has played for several clubs, including FK Metalac Gornji Milanovac during the Serbian SuperLiga 2010-2011. However, this seems highly likely and if so, this is a truly great signing for Tema Youth FC. The club desperately needs more power up-front as Francis Narh has seemed rather alone at times.

The picture is taken from Ghanasoccernet and shows Francis Narh, Moses Odjer and Jeremiah Arkorful.


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