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01 May

What Hearts of Oak Expect from Kojo Obeng Junior

Having watched him display some wonderful performances for Division side Nea Salamina against Kumasi Asante Kotoko in an FA cup tie last season, I tabbed him to be the next big thing to happen to Ghana football.
At Nea Salamina, he was deployed almost exclusively on the right, but prior to that, he alternated flanks and exposed Kotoko’s rearguard and even scored on the day.
 With Ghana’s football landscape being fettered with vultures keen to make a quick buck form the country’s emerging talents, it wasn’t surprising to read a lot of potential suitors queuing to swoop for his signature after the season. In fact, there were even hush talks of him joining Latvian outfit, FK Spartaks Jurmala but unfortunately the deal couldn’t materialize hence his return to the country to join Accra Hearts of Oak.
Two things that attracted my eye when I watched him play in that FA cup tie was his dribbling skills and work rate and in addition to his goal scoring prowess is an incredible vision to pick teammates with a pass. He scored 13 goals in the Division one league last term.
At 19, he had the opportunity to make his debut for Hearts of Oak last Sunday and surprisingly against Kumasi Asante Kotoko; the club with whom he played against last season to gain prominence. In the game, the work rate was always present but the dribbling was largely contained. There were some few moments of brilliance though as some twists and turns in the Kotoko penalty area bamboozled Kotoko’s Wahab Adams much to the delight of the Hearts fans.
In Obeng Junior, you’ll get a runner for Winful Cobbina’s through balls, a dangerous and pacey dribbler on counter attacks, and someone who can quickly turn centrally and guide the ball to the wings and consistently finish his chances in the box. Obeng Junior can be considered as a tremendous scorer, both in bagging goals and setting up teammates.
When in possession, Obeng Junior has that tremendous gift of being able to travel with the ball whilst at the same time keeping it under his complete control and shielding it away from his opponent. The way he links play between midfield and attack is a joy to watch- easy on the eye!
How quickly he’ll be able to adapt to the rigours of a top club like Hearts of Oak will only be known once given the chance to bed down and claim a regular place in the Hearts attack. Should he be given the chance, expect Hearts’ attack to turn much more variable and fluid- a change most fans would welcome.
For a club that has birthed great goalscorers like Peter Lamptey, Ishmael Addo, Benard Don Bortey, Mahatma Otoo, Prince Tagoe just to mention but a few, there isn’t much to expect from Kojo Obeng Junior than to see him walk the path set by the aforementioned players.
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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