BUDU’S CORNER: Does Nana Bonsu Deserve A Place In Kwesi Appiah’s Black Stars? Featured
09 May

BUDU’S CORNER: Does Nana Bonsu Deserve A Place In Kwesi Appiah’s Black Stars?

There is this belief that journalists wax lyrical albeit one good performance of a footballer but the recent consistent performances of Enugu Rangers’ net minder, Nana Bonsu make such belief, a misnomer. The lad is in superb form and is one of the reasons why Enugu Rangers is currently doing extremely well considering how tumultuous the start of the season was for them.

It is hard to imagine how Rangers would fare without Bonsu, and it is fair to say they will struggle to replace him. Until recently, the Rangers team previously strokes no fear into opposing teams.
 
In his first few months at the helm, Gbenga Ogunbote struggled to give the team balance and poise, the jury firmly out on whether the former Enyimba FC coach was a viable long term solution to the club’s predicament.
 
In all these, Nana Bonsu was exonerated from any blame. It was his excellence that prevented Enugu Rangers from humiliation in their game against Kano Pillars when he replaced Femi Thomas who had conceded three goals.
 
The introduction of Bonsu ensured Rangers would not concede again and he saved two penalties as Rangers went ahead to win the Aiteo Cup last year; He replicated same performances in the CAF Confederations Cup. It wasn’t so surprising to hear CAF name him the outstanding goalkeeper of the group stage in 2018/19 CAF Confederation Cup.
 
His 29 saves during the group stage was the highest among his peers. That should tell you Bonsu’s quality! He has character and is a great professional; he deserves all the praise being given him.
 
When Kwesi Appiah was introduced to the press as the next manager of the Black Stars two years ago, among the things he said during his unveiling was to give Ghanaian footballers excelling everywhere in the world, the opportunity to prove their worth in the Black Stars setup. 
 
This football season has seen a lot a lot of Ghanaian players making waves albeit some scintillating performances in their respective clubs.
 
Some have had the opportunity to have a stint with the Black Stars within the period and others are still knocking for the opportunity. One name that most Ghanaians want to see but is always missing is Nana Bonsu much to the dismay of the lovers of the game and neutrals alike.
 
Bonsu’s major strength is his ability to be in the right position in order to cover a large portion of the goal especially when opposing forwards are bearing down on goal. Another strength of his is his distribution. He averages 5.0 successful goal kicks per game and 4.1 throw outs.
 
For a team like Kwesi Appiah’s Black Stars, who put emphasis on attractive football, the benefit of having a goalkeeper who can play from the back, cut out individual errors and provide an imposing presence will be invaluable. In terms of anticipation, He is the best around. He thinks like a striker and tries to anticipate if the opposition forward will dribble or shoot, and how he will shoot: close to the ground, in the air, with power, and in what direction.
 
In the Nigerian league, he has made 15 appearances for Rangers, conceding 11 and with and has kept 8 clean sheets saved 4 penalties out of 7 faced with 4 MVPs to his credit corroborating how important he is to the Enugu Rangers cause. He is one of the reasons why Enugu Rangers is on top of the Nigerian league even with less games played.
 
The agile goalkeeper has come of age and thus certainly deserves a place in Appiah’s team. It would be a travesty beyond compare if Appiah overlook his consistent wonderful displays.
 
Written by Godfred Budu Yeboah
Twitter: godfred_budu
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