Posted by: westafricanfootball | 25/04/2012

MANDELA OCANSEY

Séwé Sport, based in San Pédro in the southwestern part of the Ivory Coast, is currently leading “Poule A” of the Ivorian Ligue 1 2012.

On 14.04.2012, Séwé Sport won 2-0 away to Stella Club. Mandela Ocansey, a full international player for Burkina Faso, scored one of the goals for Séwé Sport. Ocansey joined Séwé Sport in March 2012 and the goal against Stella Club was his first ever for his new club.

The observant reader will perhaps notice that “Mandela Ocansey” does not seem like a Burkinabe name. Ocansey is actually born in Ghana and my first record of the player is from the Ghanaian Onetouch Premier League 2006-2007. At the time, Ocansey was playing for the Feyenoord Academy, alongside famous players such as Dominic Adiyiah (Arsenal Kyiv, Ukraine), Harrison Afful (Espérance Sportive de Tunis, Tunisia) and Ernest Asante (IK Start, Norway).

I know that Ocansey played matches for the Feyenoord Academy in February 2007. According to his Facebook-page, Ocansey is born 02.02.1990, suggesting he had just turned 17 when he played at top level of Ghanian football.

Apparently, Ocansey was spotted by the ASEC Mimosas during the season. I believe he signed a contract with the Ivorian powerhouse in 2007 or 2008.

As far as I know, Ocansey travelled to Burkina Faso in 2008, joining ASFA-Yennenga from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso. Ocansey was an immediate sensation in Burkina Faso, ending the season as top scorer of the “Championnat National de 1ère Division 2008-2009” with 13 goals. Ocansey was widely regarded as the “Most Valuable Player” of the season. ASFA-Yennenga eventually won the championship.

The following season, the Championnat National Première Division 2009-2010, proved to be another success story for Ocansey. Ocansey scored another 13 goals, ending the season as top scorer for the second season in a row. ASFA-Yennenga won the championship.

I have not been able to find information about Ocansey’s performances during the Championnat National Première Division 2010-2011. However, ASFA-Yennenga won the league yet again and Ocansey was the star striker of the team. After three successful seasons in Burkina Faso, Ocansey decided to join the Ivorian league and Séwé Sport.

Ocansey is a rather experienced player despite being only 22 years old.

In early 2010, Ocansey was contacted by the Fédération Burkinabé de Foot-Ball. Despite being a Ghanaian, Ocansey was asked whether he would consider playing for “Les Etalons”, the Burkina Faso national football team.

Ocansey accepted the offer and in March 2010, he played for the Burkina Faso B national football team. In August 2010, Ocansey played for “Les Etalons”. At the time of writing, Ocansey has made a handful of appearances for the Burkina Faso national football team. He has also played for the Burkina Faso U-23 national football team.

Ocansey did not participate for Burkina Faso during the Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea / Gabon in January / February 2012.

Ocansey has experience from the CAF Champions League. He scored an impressive tally of five goals during the CAF Champions League 2010 and one goal during the CAF Champions League 2011.

Ocansey is described as a petit striker. He is a fast player with good ball control and dribbling abilities. Despite being rather small, Ocansey is quite burly and strong enough to hold up the ball as his teammates advance. Ocansey is very energetic, mobile and a hard worker.

To be honest, I was rather surprised when I learned that Séwé Sport had signed such a brilliant player as Ocansey. I expect Ocansey to form a lethal partnership with Koelly Kevin Zougoula, both petit strikers, at Séwé Sport.

The picture of Ocansey is taken from lefaso.net. 


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