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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)

 

Crunchtime for the Black Stars

Black Stars name squad for crunch game against Malawi

 

Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has named his squad for the vital final African Nations Cup qualifier against Malawi and a friendly against Liberia. The Black Stars will host Malawi in Accra on 8 September in the first leg of the final qualifier for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa. They then travel to Monrovia three days later to play Liberia in a friendly.

There are no major surprises in the 24 man squad with several established players, including Andre Ayew and Emmanuel Agyemang- Badu who missed this month’s friendly against China, returning to the squad. Though there is a place for Chievo midfielder Isaac Coffie has been handed his first cap, the holding midfielder is someone I liken to Michael Essien who continues his absence from the squad while he attempts to regain full fitness.

Berekum Chelsea midfielder Solomon Asante, who was left out of June’s World Cup qualifier against Lesotho, returns after fears over his nationality were clarified and the GFA declared he was eligible to play for Ghana. He joins five home-based players, including his Berekum Chelsea teammates; Ernest Sowah and Emmanuel Clottey.

Asamoah Gyan is also named in the squad as he was against China but he has not started a match since he came out of his self imposed retirement. His place in the starting line up could be under threat, this is after Richmond Boakye Yiadom (a player I featured on the blog last month; A star in the Making? 7/8/2012) scored a debut goal for the Black Stars against China and put in a very good all round performance.

The full Ghana squad is as follows;

Goalkeepers: Adam Kwarasey (Stromgodset, Norway), Ernest Sowah (Berekum Chelsea), Fatau Dauda (AshantiGold)

Defenders: Daniel Opare (Standard Liege, Belgium), Harrison Afful (Esperance, Tunisia), Razak Nuhu (Stromgodset, Norway), Samuel Inkoom (Dnipro, Ukraine), John Boye (Rennes, France), Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim, Germany), Jerry Akaminko (Eskisehirspor, Turkey), Rashid Sumaila (Kotoko)

Midfielders: Anthony Annan (Osasuna, Spain), Isaac Coffie (Chievo, Italy), Derek Boateng (Dnipro, Ukraine), Emmanuel Agyemang Badu (Udinese, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Juventus, Italy), Christian Atsu (Porto, Portugal), Solomon Asante (Berekum Chelsea), Andre Ayew (Marseille, France)

Strikers: Jordan Ayew (Marseille, France), Boakye Yiadom (Juventus, Italy), Emmanuel clottey (Berekum Chelsea), Abdul Majeed Warris (Hacken, Sweden), Asamoah Gyan (Al Ain, UAE).

What do you think of the squad is there anybody not selected that should be? And do you think Gyan should start the match against Malawi?

Leave your comments below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@KwesiTheAuthor on twitter)

Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew

 Since we are still basking the euphoria of the Ghana national team’s first visit to Wembley and the deserved 1-1 draw we earned. I thought I would stick with a football theme for this month’s profile. Now I know we have seen many great and legendary players to come out of the continent  of Africa; George Weah (Liberia), Jay Jay Okocha & Nwakno Kanu (Nigeria), Roger Milla and Samuel Eto’o  (Cameroon) to name but a few. However for me Mr Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew is top of the pile.

This is not a biased view because he is Ghanaian the clue is in his nickname ! I mean seriously if you are a footballer and you’re nicknamed ‘Pele’ (after the greatest ever footballer the Brazilian whose full name is Edison “Edson” Arantes do Nascimento). Then that just speaks volumes for the type of player Mr Ayew was. Further evidence that the three time African footballer of the year (yes 3 time winner !) and father of current black stars rising star Andre Ayew, is the greatest ever African footballer follows below;

Abedi Ayew was born into a family in a small village called Oko near Dome at the northern outskirts of Accra. Abedi Pele was one of the pioneers of African football in Europe. One of the first great African players to make an impact on European club football, he played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France where he was very instrumental in Marseille’s prominence in the European Champions League during the early 1990s. Amongst his international accolades, he was often included in FIFA “All-star” selections and captained the African all-stars in their victory over their European counterparts in the Meridian Cup of 1997.

He was the captain of Ghana’s national football team for 6 years (1992–1998) and was one of the first African football players to finish highly in FIFA World Player of the Year lists in 1991 and 1992. He is arguably Africa’s most decorated and honored football player ever, winning the France Football Magazine African player of the year award 3 times, the BBC sports person of the year, and the Confederation of African Football version twice. He was also awarded the golden ball award for being the best player at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and was the “man of the match” in Marseille’s historic European Champions League final win over Milan in 1993.Abedi holds the record for most appearances at the Nations Cup Finals, beating even the legendary Roger Milla of Cameroon to the record. He made his first appearance at the 13th Nations Cup Finals in Libya in 1982 and for the next 16 years (ending at the 21st Finals in Burkina Faso) continued to grace the most prestigious football tournament on the continent, first as a member of Ghana’s squad rising to become captain in 1991. Aside from his acclaimed exploits at the 1992 competition, Abedi also earned much acclaim for his 3 goals at the 1996 competition – where he led Ghana to the semi finals of the competition despite critics expecting him to be in the twilight of his career.

In appreciation of Abedi’s devout services to the country, the Ghanaian government awarded him the country’s highest honour, the Order of the Volta (civil division). He thus becomes the first Ghanaian sportsman to be so honoured.In June 2001 he was nominated by the government of Ghana to serve as the next Chairman of the FA, an opportunity he later gave up for a more experienced former coach of Ghana .

So that is one serious footballing CV Mr Ayew has and I don’t think many players can or will match throughout their careers it’s just a shame a player of his ability never got to play in a world cup. Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew was indeed an African footballing pioneer and has paved the way for the likes of current Ghanaian stars, Michael Essien and Asamoah Gyan. We salute you!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

 

Asamoah Gyan eyes England friendly game

Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan is looking forward to the friendly clash with England later in the month and is pleased he will not have to travel far for the game.

The Black Stars take on the Three Lions at Wembley on 29th March in a sell-out match in London, although they take on DR Congo two days earlier.

Sunderland ace Gyan, 25, admits it can be tough when travelling for friendly matches abroad but admits he has to do the job for his country.

“Sometimes for friendly games, if you travel from Europe to South American countries, it’s a long flight and everything,” he said.

“That is what we have to do. We are sportsmen and we have to travel.”

Michael Essien continues to take a break from the national team and will not face some of his Chelsea team-mates so Ghana’s new coach Goran Stevanovic opts for a tried and tested combination with one new cap and one recall.

Daniel Opare of Standard Liege gets a recall and striker Nathaniel Asamoah from Asante Kotoko is called up for the first time.

Meanwhile, Jordan Ayew misses out on the 24-man squad so he will not play alongside his brother Andre for the two games.

Fulham defender John Pantsil is eagerly anticipating the friendlies and admits it is still an honour to play for Ghana.

He said: “It is very important. Every player wants to play for his national team and it’s a good achievement.”

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Asamoah Gyan & Ayew Shortlisted…

Ghana’s impressive performance in this year’s FIFA World Cup in South Africa is still receiving significant recognition.

Three of the players who were outstanding in the tournament have been shortlisted for the 2010 CAF African Footballer of the year award.

One of the three Ghanaian players is Asamoah Gyan, the Sunderland striker who scored important goals for Ghana, but also painfully missed a crucial penalty kick that would have sent Ghana into the semi finals in the World Cup.

The other two are Midfielder Andre Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng of AC Mlian.

What is clearly impressive is …

Ghanaian Footballers name for CAF Award

Three Ghanaian players including Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan have been shortlisted for the 2010 Caf African Footballer of the Year award.

France-based midfielder Andre Ayew and Kevin Prince Boateng of AC Mlian also were named in the ten-man shortlist.

They will face a tough challenge from three-time winner Samuel Eto’o from Cameroon and Chelsea’s Ivorian duo of Didier Drogba and Salomon Kalou.

Egyptian duo of Mohamed ‘Geddo’ Nagy and Ahmed Hassan were also named.

The three Ghanaians were instrumental for the Black Stars who were the only African country to reach the quarter finals of June’s World Cup in South Africa.

Gyan and Ayew played in the young Ghana side that reached the final of the Africa Cup of Nations in Angola in January.