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17 Feb

BUDU’s CORNER: 10 Most Underrated Players In The Ghanaian League

The Ghanaian Premier League has borne witness to a plethora of stars who have lit up stadiums across the country since the days of yore. Some have walked away with a haul of medals and awards, whilst others may not have been as successful, yet their individual ability is what set them apart from the rest.

The ongoing 2019/2020 league season is no different. But for every superstar and club in the league, there are always players who fail to hog the headlines despite being an invaluable member of their side.
 
As a result, we kind folk at kickgh thought it would be just the right moment to call out ten players who have gone under the radar and not received the appreciation that they deserve and give them the praise they oh so rightfully deserve
 
Robert Addo- Hearts of Oak
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Accra Hearts of Oak had much in the way in the way of success in recent years but  Robert Addo Sowah’s impact at the club has been grossly underrated- despite at the club for almost three seasons. 
 
The versatile defender may not make the headlines like Joseph Esso, Richard Attah, Mohammed Alhassan, Emmanuel Nettey, but discount his importance at your peril as he has been pivotal to the progress and uptick in Hearts’ form since Edward Nii Odoom took charge.
 
He offers versatility at the club, slotting into both a left-back and a centre-back role to good effect due to his ability to read the game and effective distribution of the ball. 
 
His impressive avoidance of injury shows him to be a professional in every sense of the word, a reliable defender who deserves the acclamation like many of his teammates receive.
 
Mudasiru Salifu- Asante Kotoko
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Mudasiru is a textbook example of an underrated star, as he is a versatile force who is adept in both attack and defence, and a keystone in Maxwell Konadu’s dazzling Asante Kotoko squad. 
 
Whilst the Porcupine Warriors crush the opposition with their free flowing attacking fleet, Mudasiru gives them the license to do so, thriving in a deep-lying role which requires not only defensive discipline, but exceptional game management. 
 
He has been around since July 2019 but is already a major part of Kotoko’s midfield and his impact, although going under the radar, ensures his side chalks positive results on the pitch.
 
Jeffery Degorl- Legon Cities

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As silky and talented as they come, Jeffery Degorl makes football look easy such is his vision and quality on the ball. 
 
Yet, the Legon Cities playmaker does not earn the public admiration of the Ghanaian football community that he deserves. 
 
It is perhaps due to his perceived lack of direct impact on the scoresheet- but all you have to do is look at his performances for his club to be convinced of his prowess. He has won three MVPs in the ongoing league 
 
Raddy Ovouka- Hearts of Oak
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An imposing figure that he is, Ovouka stands 6ft 5in tall. He is very strong, good in the air and thrives on closely man- marking the opponent and using his reading of the game to outwit opposing attackers, but he also know when to get stuck in, also adept to using his body to shield the ball away from danger and also make powerful recovery when required.
 
Raddy Ovouka plays a left-back and occasionally as a centre-back. Contrary to popular belief and perception, he is actually a very intelligent footballer, which he demonstrates emphatically with his astute positioning and covering of his teammates.  
 
He is a class act but certainly one of the most underrated players in the Ghanaian league.
 
Mubarik Yusif- Ashanti Gold SC
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Perennially underrated, Mensah continues to fly under the radar despite delivering consistently good performances every year. He played every minute of every game for his former club Liberty Professionals in the 2016/17 season earning him a move to Ashanti Gold SC.
 
The club’s gaffer Kassim Gökyildiz loves Yusif’s energy and hard running, but he’s a tidy distributor of the ball too. It’s surprising the towering centre-back still doesn’t get the credit he deserves.
 
Nicholas Mensah- Legon Cities
 
 
 
The former Mighty Jets man was enjoying a remarkable run of form before picking up yet a long-term injury problem. 
 
Together with Ismail Abdul Ganiu, he formed an unstoppable partnership at the back for WA All Stars-more than playing his part as the Wa based club won the championship.
 
 Mensah is quick, versatile and useful in both boxes. He has age on his side and he will be hoping to kick on. He has been a bright spark in an otherwise bleak start to his side’s season.
 
Samuel Kusi- King Faisal FC
 
While Slavisa Bozicic's men have struggled at points this campaign, there is no denying the quality in this King Faisal team. 
 
Samuel Kusi does, of course, get recognition for his performances, but it's nowhere near what he deserves. 
 
The left-footed player is as versatile as they come, playing on the right, the left or even in the middle - and he never looks out of place or uncomfortable. 
 
Equally, he never kicks a fuss over the fact that he may not be playing in his preferred position, instead, he works tirelessly to help his side. This attitude mixed with his ability on the ball (and goal threat) makes him a truly outstanding footballer. 
 
Isaac Agyenim Boateng- Medeama SC
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William Opoku Mensah, Kwasi Donsu, and Joseph Tetteh have often grabbed the headlines for their roles following the arrival of Samuel Boadu. Even Eric Ofori Antwi is getting the recognition he deserves. 
 
One player that quietly goes about his work week-in, week-out is Isaac Agyenim Boateng. Sure, he may not earn rave reviews for his stunning assists, or his thunderous volleys, but he is a vital member of the Yellow and Mauves midfield side. 
 
Yes, he may not be a 'star name' but he has proven to be a valuable squad member.  
 
The midfielder is a crucial player at ball retention and transitions for Boadu and the Medeama SC are a much better side (how is that possible?!) when he is in the team. 
 
 
Kwame Baah- Asante Kotoko SC
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Most of Asante Kotoko’s first XI are getting the praise they deserve his season, but few are talking about the just how big an impact Baah has had on the side. The national U-23 goalkeeper has made saves, punches and made errors that have led to goals whilst inducing a sense of calm in his defence. 
 
His dependability was highlighted in his club’s games against Ebusua Dwarfs, Liberty Professionals, WAFA and Dreams FC. He wouldn’t have bested Felix Annan for Kotoko’s first-choice goalkeeper if he wasn’t good.
 
Ibrahim Osman- King Faisal FC
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It’s a testament to his quality that Osman continued to look classy throughout King Faisal’s run of defeats at the beginning of the season. 
 
The on-loan Kotoko forward has so far scored seven goals in the league. His selfish nature bucks the trend of those leading the line, as he is neither a traditional or false nine. 
 
His work ethic is something to behold. Aside his goals, his link-up play and running pattern allows his teammates to thrive.
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