GHRBS: 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)