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21 Mar

BUDU's CORNER: 5 Exciting Right-Backs in the Ghanaian League

Full- backs have grown to occupy an important role in modern day football and especially so in a tactically changing Ghanaian Premier League. 
 
 
Gone are those days when they were used to guard the fort and the forward players used to attack and score goals.
 
The game has changed a lot more from before and now it has become adventurous. Full- backs now not only protect their goal but they even help their midfield and forward players to score goals.
 
We at kickgh.com attempts to look at the best full -backs in the Ghana topflight division starting with the right-back position.
 
The right-back is fast becoming an extremely important position in football; however, not every player can carry out the role to perfection. He needs to be fast, skilful and full of running. He has to defend, attack and even score and set up goals for his team.
 
The position has had its fair share of legends, from Cafu, Thuram, Salgado, Zambrotta, Zanetti, Alves, Lahm et al.
 
Below is a list of the five exciting right-backs in the suspended Ghanaian Premier League, who churned out solid performances game after game, virtually cordoning off their side of the park.
 
Christopher Nettey- Asante Kotoko SC
Kotoko's Christopher Nettey out of Bechem United match
 
The former Attram de Vissier player has taken the Ghanaian topflight by storm. He has appeared 13 times for the Porcupine Warriors winning 3 MVPs in the process.
 
He is a fast and skilful player, who likes dribbling and needs no invitation to run at opposition defences.
 
Nettey’s crossing is among the best in the league and is also blessed with the ability to spot a pass. A good runner, who loves to get forward, Nettey is not found wanting defensively.
 
His lightening pace makes him a nightmare to live with on the overlap for opposition full-backs as well as a get-out of jail free card when found wanting at the back. He has been formidable for the Kumasi club since his arrival.
 
Isaac Kwain- Aduana Stars
Aduana Stars set to sign Isaac Kwain
 
Isaac Kwain joined the Ogya Family before the season after ending his marriage with Karela United. He is blessed with scintillating speed and has flourished extremely well under the attacking tactics of W.O. Tandoh and Paa Kwesi Fabin.
 
In 14 appearances, the 25-year-old has scored 1 goal, recorded 3 assists with 1 MVP to his credit.
 
He is very good at his tackles and likes to press on the field. However, he comes into his own once he runs into the opposition third. It is from here that he uses his brilliant crossing ability to hurt the defences.
 
He has an eye for the final pass and is not surprising that Isaac Kwain has already set up 3 goals.
 
Kwadwo Amoako- Ashanti Gold SC
My mum cried when I told her about my Black Stars call-up — Ashgold's Kwadwo Amoako
 
The Ashanti- Gold SC right-back has improved by leaps and bounds and has all the ingredients that make a great right-back.
 
But what makes him such an enticing prospect is that he already is one of the best right-backs in the country now. He is fast and strong, a combination that makes him a daunting prospect for opposition.
 
He likes tackling and is pretty good at it too. He is also excellent and is a handy player to have in the defence when the team has the back against the wall.
 
He isn’t flashy but his performances over an extended level have been top drawer. He has won 3 MVPs in 13 games but has never really attracted a great deal of fanfare or plaudits he so deserves.
 
 
Phillip Nii Sackey- Accra Great Olympics
 
A star player among an otherwise average Olympics team, Phillip Nii Sackey shone for his side this campaign. As proficient in attack as he is in defence, the dreadlocked defender is a model example of the relatively right -wing-back position.
 
The Olympics man has earned plaudits for his speed, technical qualities and ability to make a tackle. In other words, he’s all you could ever want in a right-back.
 
In 14 games, the 23-year-old has scored 2 goals and with 2 MVPs to his credit. He is very good in dribbling, tackling, blocking and interception. He is very much versatile and can be assigned on the left side of defence and even as a defensive midfielder.
 
He is well known for playing layoffs, creating chances by playing long balls and placing cross the flanks.
 
 
Youssoufou Atte- WAFA
 
He is young, talented and has lots of potential in him. He is one of those players in the wish-list of many managers.  He recently earned a call-up to the Togo National team for the AFCON qualifiers.
 
That should tell you how immense a talent he is! Blessed with lightening pace, impressive strength and a booming tackle, Atte is gradually carving a niche for himself in the league.
 
It is hard enough to pronounce his name, let alone dribble past him. There are few who can get the better of Youssoufou Atte, who has been one of the league’s most consistent performers.
 
Not only is the Togolese known for his defensive qualities, but he’s also a reliable presence on the ball, very rarely conceding possession. He has two assists in 15 games for the Academy lads.
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