The Black Stars of Ghana helmed by coach Charles Akonnor has named a 32-man homegrown prodigies for the upcoming African Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Africa & Soe Tome and Principe respectively.
To Upper West Region’s advantage, 3 of Akonnor’s 32 players hail from the region. Indeed, history was made; as never in the history of the region has such a feat been attain before.
Iddris Sherif-deen of www.myradiowaa.com gives a detail accounts on why the trident defenders punched their tickets into the senior national team based on meritorious grounds.
Haruna Jamaldeen ( Great Olympics)
Jamaldeen hails from Wa Jengbe-yiri but plies his skills in the nation’s capital Accra.
Most fans are wearing shoulder pads of having a stellar campaign because of the impeccable repertoire of the 21-year-old in protecting Olympics back line. The former Zico Babies star has clocked a staggering 1,170 minutes of play this season for the 2-time GHPL winners.
The defensive jewel has pocketed the likes of Accra Hearts of Oak, West Africa Football Academy, Asante Kotoko alongside Legon Cities all from finding their shooting and scoring boots against Olympics.
Jamal’s height has aided him to have recorded 90% wins on aerial challenges. His timing; agility & stamina level are attributes Akonnor can’t let go off.
This season, aside G. Awako, he’s the next big name to don the Accra-based side jersey.
Ibrahim Moro (Asante Kotoko)
A Prince from Wechau turns into a King of classic goals in the Ghana Premier League.
The ex-Bolga All Stars amulet has accrued a fascinating 1,395 game time for the record GHPL holders across all competitions. This clearly speaks volume of his importance to Kotoko.
Moro, is a true definition of a modern-day full-back. He’s a defensive cog by all standard. However surging forward he looks sharper like a razor.
One salient fact about Moro is that, he’s quicker like a jackrabbit on a hot date. With this; attackers run helter skelter in facing him. In the same vein, opposition defenders endure a nightmare in containing his nimble feet. That’s how invasive he is.
This season, no fullback in the league has kissed the back of the net than Moro.
Famed for notching classic goals. His most recent strike came against Karela United in match week 12 of the Startime Ghana Premier League.
The sorcery behind his opener succeeded in halting Karela’s home invisibility record. And that goal against Karela has still left tongues wagging of his greatness. What of the screamer he bagged versus Dreams FC?
The science behind that goal simple says, for the 1st time since antiquity, someone has had his angles even better than Pythagoras.
Ismail Ganiyu( Asante Kotoko)
Ganiyu needs no introduction for the religious followers of our local game. His name is regularly in the lips of every fan.
Sokpa-yiri will forever be thankful to God for blessing the community with Ganiyu. When it comes to discharging of an outstanding central defensive duties; then call Ganiyu a class.
Arguably, the best defender in the ongoing Ghana Premier league. Amassed a whopping 1,080 minutes in the GHPL. Ganiyu has ensured that Kotoko had not conceded a goal in their last 270 mins in the league.
His aura that drives him looks infectious and pervasive to the entire team so much so that, when he’s paired any player–such a player is seen as a gem.
History was made this season when the former Wa Anokye man captained the Porcupine warriors becoming the 1st player from the Northern belt to captain Kotoko since Ahmed Adams did in 2015.
In that game against Liberty Professionals, underscores Ganiyu’s leadership skills. Where legions of Kotoko fans even wanted him to be named the club’s skipper on permanent bases.
It’s seldom to see a defender with stupendous passing abilities like Ismail Ganiyu coupled with his tenacity and consistency. These qualities make his defensive executions unparalleled.
The fact remains that no attacker enjoys facing the Kumerica Van Dijk.
Ganiyu’s wizardry has made him invert a special block called the ‘Crocodile block’ in our local game. You ought be told of his tradition with the crocodile story.
If there is a player that Akonnor can lay his trust on, is Ismail Abdul Ganiyu. Both had work together at Kotoko seasons ago and the center-back proved to be a steel for CK’s back.
Ghana will be on the road to play the Bafana Bafana of South Africa on March 22 before playing host to Soe Tome and Principe in the final qualifiers come March 30.
By: Iddris Sherif-deen Famangos|myradiowaa.com|