TALENT SPOTTER: UNEARTHING THE HIDDEN (PART ONE) - 6 Ghanaian Starlets Ready for Top-Flight Football Featured
05 Sep

TALENT SPOTTER: UNEARTHING THE HIDDEN (PART ONE) - 6 Ghanaian Starlets Ready for Top-Flight Football

Ghana is known as the Brazilians of African football. Just like football powerhouse, Ghana is a nation blessed with enormous football talents- some are able to play to the upper echelon as far as football is concerned; others also fall off along the way unable to realise their dream of etching their names in football folklore. Ghana has been a happy hunting ground for scouts’ world over. The likes of  Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Stephen Appiah, Asamoah Gyan just to mention but a few were discovered while playing on  grassless pitches in the country but were able to make indelible imprints and will forever be remembered for their exploits. The Ghanaian football community continues to provide a steady source of talent for relatively reasonable fees; it’s simply a question of choosing the right player.

As a bigoted football fan, I’m attracted to anything football. I comb the Kumasi metropolis looking for young talented footballers. The talents I spot in areas like Aboabo, Asawasi, Amakom, Asokwa, Atonsu, Ayigya, Tafo, Suame are inexplicable. The kind of quality these young footballers exhibit at such ages is simply fascinating and alluring. In the weeks that follow, I will be writing on these young talented footballers between the ages of 15-22 who are ready to rub shoulders with the experienced folks and thus ready for top-flight action.

In this piece, I present to you 6 Ghanaian starlets who are ready for top-flight football.

 

KINGSFORD DARLINGTON AFRANSAH

  • Age: 17
  • Club: Unattached
  • Position: Midfielder

Kingsford is a nimble midfielder; naturally a left footed but has no problem using the right foot when the need arises. He loves to play as an offensive midfielder where he pokes, prods and pinge passes over and through opposition lines with vision and accuracy and also dribbles excellently. His style of play is reminiscent of Uruguayan, Alvaro Recoba. He’s had playing stints with Adom FC, a Division Two side in Kumasi and was an integral member of the club. He is dead ball specialist and scores free kicks from varying angles with ease. Kingsford can play vertically and will perfectly befit any club that is looking beyond possessing an orthodox deep-lying midfielder.

 

PATRICK KORANTENG YEBOAH

  • Age: 17
  • Club: Unattached
  • Position: Centre Back

Patrick is a workhorse with good strength and an aerial threat. He also brings flair and class to proceedings whether he is playing in the centre of defence or as a defensive midfielder where he is occasionally assigned to minimise the beatings doled out by opposing players on his teammates. I have observed him for some months now and can confidently say he has matured, adding a greater physical edge and leadership quality to his burgeoning quality. He will perfectly fit in any club that takes pride in bringing the ball from the back. He has a refined right foot and has a good range of passing. Additionally, he is not flustered under pressure but quickly clear his lines when necessary.

 

SEIDU ISSAH

  • Age: 19
  • Club: Unattached
  • Position: Left back

The 19 year old left back is a delight to watch. His impressive displays earned him some playing stints with the defunct Golden Foot Academy and Unistar Academy. Now unattached, Seidu effectively combines sound defending with forward raids- he ticks all boxes. He is an energetic presence and provides plenty of cut and thrust down the left flank, but he isn’t found wanting defensively. He’s tall, strong and good in the air, making him a capable all-rounder for his position. Any club needing an in injection of pace in its defensive set up will have a good option in Seidu Issah.

 

AMIDU JAZIRI

  • Age:17
  • Club: Unattached
  • Position: Winger

 
The 17 year old winger has exceeded expectations. At such a tender age, he’s been a fan’s favourite for clubs he’s ever played for- Solar FC, a division two club in Kumasi. Popularly known as Nani because his style of play is reminiscent of the Portuguese, Amidu is pacey and a good dribbler and outwits his markers with ease. His excellent ball control in tight spaces and creative instincts enable him to do this on a frequent basis. While not a prolific scorer, the diminutive winger is an increasingly imposing physical force capable of holding up the ball and bringing his team-mates into play.
 
MICHAEL AIKINS
Age: 17
Club: Unattached
Position: Midfielder
 
Michael is the midfielders’ midfielder. He sets a high tempo with his voracious work ethic and enthusiasm. He’s a good passer of the ball, loves shooting from long ranges and dribbles when necessary. While blessed with plenty of technical and attacking qualities, he does not eschew defensive tasks. With his driving runs, slick passes and discipline, the youngster is surely destined for greatness. He is occasionally shifted to the flanks to use his pace to cause havoc to opposing lateral defenders.
 
 
NURUDEEN MOHAMMED
Age:17
Club: Unattached
Position: Defender
 
Nurudeen plays comfortably on either flank of the defensive set –up. He surges forward very well not forgetting his defensive duties. His crosses are top-notch. He provides hard running, solid positioning and astute awareness without the ball, working aggressively to make opposition attackers sweat. Nurudeen is always searching for a forward pass to open up an opponent. His verve and creativity has won him much admiration from all who have seen him play.
 
These outstanding aforementioned prospects are accessible to clubs who would want to better their teams and they won’t regret investing in them because these players have the physical concoction and technical gifts to stamp their mark.

 

By: Godfred Budu Yeboah

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