February 2013


Introducing you to…

 GHRBS: Albert Adomah

 

Albert Adomah

 

As I cast my mind back to September 2011 when I was reporting for MFG at the Brazil v Ghana international friendly match at Craven Cottage in Fulham. I recollect there was one particular player on the Ghanaian team that caught my eye, not least because I had never heard of him before! Ironically he was earning his first cap for Ghana that evening and has been a part of the Black Stars squad ever since.

The player I speak of is Albert Danquah Adomah, the only British based player in the current Black Stars squad for CAN 2013. A relative unknown two years ago, the 25 year old Bristol City midefielder has cemented himself as a consistent part of Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah’s plans. He was even chosen to wear the No.10 jersey at CAN 2013 in the absence of playmaker Andre Ayew. It is a rapid rise for Adomah who only five years ago was playing semi professional football with non league side for Harrow Borough.

Adomah’s professional career started in 2008 when he joined League two side Barnet. He scored on his Football League debut for Barnet and scored in two successive games afterwards, making a total of 22 league appearances in the 2007–08 season, scoring five goals and helping Barnet to a 12th place finish in League Two. In 2010, he agreed to join Championship side Bristol City on a three-year deal, with an initial fee of £150,000 being set later by a tribunal. He scored four goals that season, and ended the season top of the clubs assists chart with 12 to his name in all competitions.  Adomah was awarded the player of the season award for Bristol City for the 2010–11 campaign, days after agreeing a new three-year contract which would keep him at the club until 2014.

It was his performances for Bristol City that caught the eye of Black Stars officials who then offered him his first cap for Ghana against Brazil where he feature as a second half substitute. I have to admit at that time I did not see him being a Black Stars regular but he has taken his opportunity two years ago and managed to force his way consistently into the international squad with solid performances.

It was not long ago Adomah was playing football part time whilst studying at college. Now he is playing in his first major international tournament wearing the Ghanaian No.10 shirt made famous by Abedi Pele and his equally talented son.

Albert Danquah Adomah Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

 

New music from DSTN

DSTN TALK FASHION IN NEW SINGLE

 

New Ghanaian music group DSTN consists of three young men (Kofi Kwaakye, Kwame Toka, & KooKyere) who have individual unique style of music, but when brought together to do a song, the outcome is extraordinary.

DSTN has released a debut single that talks about fashion in Ghana and appreciates Ghanaian ladies for their great fashion taste and originality. The song has a catchy chorus that already gets people singing along by hearing it on radio. Already receiving air play on major radio stations across Ghana, the song is titled ‘Ntaadie’ a Ghanaian word for wears, and is produced by Appietus.

DSTN is signed to Distinction Entertainment, a nascent Ghanaian record label with a prime aim of producing top quality music. The group is poised to gain massive recognition in Africa and ultimately penetrate into the world market.

Listen to ‘Ntaadie’ by DSTN below:

Ghana’s performance at AFCON 2013

Black Stars!!! Really???

 

 

Ghana is a West African country deeply in love with our football. It’s our basketball or NFL to the Americans; it’s our cricket to the West Indies and rugby to New Zealand. It’s our passion, the one and only time our great nation comes together as one and most recently over the last decade one of the few things which has bestowed upon us the bragging rights over our friendly but fierce West African neighbours Nigeria.

Over the last few tournaments, namely since the AFCON in 2008 till now, Ghana has been the only country to set a benchmark as to the heights African football is capable of reaching. 3 semi-finals and a final in the AFCON last four tournaments has proved our consistency whilst it had to take the forever hated Luiz Suarez to deny us of an inevitable place in the world cup semi-final which would have been a first by any African nation.

Upon all these stats and heights we’ve supposedly reached, why is it that the last time this great foot balling nation won a tournament was in 1982? Should we conceive that we won’t win one anytime soon? Should we (the people) not expect much from the team anymore? Because it seems we always one way or the other get our hearts broken, our dreams shattered and our bragging rights blown off target. Friday was meant to be seen as stepping stone to facing our rivals Nigeria in the final, a big West African derby in football terms. A chance not only to settle the football on the pitch, but to settle the long standing argument over who makes the best jollof rice, has the best culture, has the best skin tone (I think we’ve settled that one) and many more. But yet again, our dismal performance didn’t deserve even a semi-final place even though the Tunisian referee tried his outmost best to see us through with that outrageously biased performance himself which has seen him suspended today by CAF.

Overall, a shocking display and a truly barbaric demonstration in this year’s tournament which is forcing me to retire from watching Ghana play at least for the foreseeable future because I can’t bare the torment and the heartbreak anymore and I have a degree to pursue.

Some say it’s just football, get over it. But I tell you what, when it comes to Ghana, its more than football my friend, it’s our everything! God bless our homeland Ghana!

Medase!!

By Eddie Kojo

(@Ed_Edd_Nd_Eddie)