Ebusua Dwarfs, often referred to as just “Dwarfs”, had a sensational campaign during the GLO Premier League 2012-2013, finishing the season at a surprising fourth place. Since the end of the season, several of the star players at the club has been linked to bigger clubs in Ghana. In this post, I will present some of them.
Adade is a talented goalkeeper, still in his early twenties. Adade played 27 matches all season, making several matchwinning saves. Adade is not the tallest of goalkeeper, I would have guessed 180 centimeters, but he is an excellent shot-stopper and is surprisingly confident dealing with crosses. Adade, formerly of Real Tamale United FC, has been with Dwarfs for three seasons and it seems likely that he will leave the club during the current transfer window. Adade is apparently on the wish list of both Hearts of Oak SC and Asante Kotoko FC, although he reportedly prefers an foreign club. Adade has experience from the Ghana B national football team and the Ghana U-20 national football team.
Atingah has been starring at centre-back, playing approximately 28 matches (no goals) during his first ever season at top level of Ghanaian football. The partnership between Atingah and veteran Stephen Aidoo was a joy to watch. Atingah is a strong, modern-style defender with tremendous strenght, good heading ability and a surprisingly cool head despite his inexeperience. During the season, Atingah, a product of the Unistar Soccer Academy, was picked for both the Ghana B national football team and the Ghana U-20 national football team.
Midfielder Attuquaye, another product of the Unistar Soccer Academy, played approximately 26 matches and scored five goals throughout the season. Attuquaye is a skilful midfielder with clever passes and excellent vision. He works hard for his team and is remarkable consistent. Although his teammate Bright Lukman gets more attention, I personally prefer Attuquaye. The following videos shows glimpses of his quality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcPwcwyXuVA.
Right-back Christopher Bonney was completely unknown before the season. At the time of writing, he is one of the hottest full-backs in the Ghanaian league. Bonney, formerly of the Unistar Soccer Academy, played approximately 27 matches and scored one goal during his first season in the GLO Premier League. Based on his consistent performances, which included numerous attacking runs, pin-point crosses and clever defending, Bonney was picked for the Ghana B national football team.
Gadze has definitely been one of the revelations of the season. The powerful centre-forward managed six goals in approximately 18 matches. Towards the end of the season, Gadze forced his way into the squad of the Ghana B national football team. According to Ghanasoccernet, Gadze was 18 years old in May 2013. His background is somewhat diffuse to me, but Ghanasoccernet reports that he is a product of the Unistar Soccer Academy. The coach of Dwarfs, J.K. Mintah, has hailed Gadze for his overall contributions. Gadze is not only a good finisher; he is strong in the air, a good passer and works hard for the team. The picture, found on Ghanasoccernet, shows Gadze in action. Gadze is sometimes referred to as “Richard Gadzie”.
Lukman, also known as “Bright Lukeman” and “Bright Luqman”, has recently been linked to Hearts of Oak SC and Asante Kotoko FC. Lukman, usually played as an attacking midfielder, is a highly technical player with good vision, shooting, passing, crossing and dribbling ability. Lukman scored 10 league goals in approximately 25 matches, making him the top scorer at Dwarfs. It should be noted that at least 11 of his matches were substitute appearances, and at least six of his goals were penalty kicks. Therefore, one should perhaps not expect that Lukman is able to strenghten high-profile clubs such as Asante Kotoko FC. Both MTN Football and Ghanasoccernet has written that Lukman is Nigerian. As far as I know, Lukman is in fact Ghanaian.
Lukman is a former player of the CK Gyamfi Academy (2005), Windy Professionals FC (2006-2008) and Liberty Professionals FC (2009-2012). According to sources I find trustworthy, Lukman is 25 years old (born 04.03.1988). Lukman was not a success at Liberty Professionals FC. He played 10-15 matches during the 2009-2010 season, scoring one goal. The following season, the GLO Premier League 2010-2011, produced about the same statistics; 10-15 matches and one goal. Lukman was only a fringe player for Liberty Professionals FC during the GLO Premier League 2011-2012.
RICKY ADJEI MENSAH
Mensah, born 01.02.1992, never broke through at Aduana Stars FC during the GLO Premier League 2010-2011. The following season, Mensah played a handful of matches for Mighty Jets FC, catching no headlines. After a few barren years, Mensah caught fire at Dwarfs, making stylish midfield play. Mensah works hard, is quite skilful and is a team player. Mensah, another product of the Unistar Soccer Academy, played approximately 26 matches and scored one goal during the season. He also trained with the Ghana B national football team. The following video is recommended: