Ghana football is clearly at the crossroads. Something must have gone terribly wrong somewhere. Apart from the Black Stars, almost all of Ghana’s national and club teams have crushed out of international competitions. The Black Satellites 2011 represent one more hope of salvaging whatever national pride is left out there as they seek to defend their African Youth Championship title won two years ago
Coach Orlando Wellington had originally penciled a juicy team which had some of the most skilled Ghanaian youth plying their trade all over the world like Afriyie Acquah, Jordan Ayew, Daniel Kofi Adjei, Kevin Osei etc. Orlando was struck with pot luck when European clubs refused to release their players for the tournament.
The Berekum Chelsea tactician is now left with no choice but to pull the chestnut out of the blazing fire with the players available as Ghana faces Nigeria on Monday April 18, 2011. Despite the absence of some of the best youth players of Ghana, Wellington’s camp packs some of the most exciting footballers.
So who does he have to do the do? Who are the players to watch.?
Foli Adade [Goal Keeper]
The Ebusua Dwarfs shot stopper is among the top goal keepers in Ghana’s Glo Premier League. For a 20 year old, Adade’s agility has won him many fans this season. If the promise Adade has shown this season is anything to go by, then Ghana will be in safe hands at the 2011 Youth Championships.
Albert Bruce [Midfielder]
Bruce kicked the 2010-2011 season as a regular starter in the midfield of Kotoko, drawing rave reviews for his performances. When he turns his ‘A’ performance on, Bruce’s rugged and combative tackling style of play a recipe for winning matches. With Bruce in the midfield, Orlando can comfortable hold off any opposition.
Richmond Boakye -iadom [Striker]
Genoa’s Wonderkid is an exciting to watch multi-dimensional forward. Even though Richmond has played 5 games so far for Genoa and scored once, his creativity, sense of positioning, reflexes, speed and power in front of goal is never in doubt.
Mahatma Osmanu Otoo [Striker]
Otoo is likely to be Orlando Wellington’s secret weapon. Last season, at the age of 18, Otoo was voted the most valuable player of Ghana’s Glo Premier League, after scoring 10 goals in 19 games for Accra Hearts of Oak. Previously, he had played for the lower league side Sporting Mirren, scoring 17 goals in 31 games. In all friendly matches played by the Black Satellites, Otoo scored a whopping 19 goals. Where Otoo lacks in physique, he makes up in speed, skill and a deadly shot power.
Enoch Ebo Andoh [Winger]
Cast in the mould Manchester United’s Nani, Enoch has an amazing blend of trickery, pace and shooting ability. Ebo Andoh is will come out of the South Africa as one of the revelations of the tournament.