Kwame Ayew, Dan Quaye and other Ghanaian players to have tasted Chinese club football

China is fast becoming an attractive place for a lot of African football stars, and as Ghana play the Dragons today, we profile some Ghanaian footballers who have been there before
By Joshua Ansah & Umar-Farouk Atipaga

Ahead of Wednesday’s friendly match between the Black Stars and the Dragons of China in Xi’an, Ghana takes a look at some players from Ghana whose careers have taken them to the Asian country.

5. RANSFORD AKWEI ADDO | Shanghai East Asia
Date of Birth July 21 1983
Position Defender
Nat team app

Addo is the younger brother of Ghana international Eric Addo. Addo left Ghana at age 15 in 1998 from the Ken Harrison Babies colts football club. He joined the Bordeaux Academy, but left a year later joining Club Brugge in Belgium in 2000. He left Brugge in 2005 without a single appearance for other clubs in the European country. In 2011, he joined AEP Paphos FC in Greece before finally settling for Shanghai East Asia.

4. DAN QUAYE| Beijing Baxy
Date of Birth Dec 25 1980
Position Defender
Teams played: Chongqing Lifan,
Yanbian FC and Beijing

He was a member of Ghana’s 23-man quad at the country’s first appearance at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. The versatile defender is remembered for his achievements back at Accra Hearts of Oak after helping them to win the Caf African Champions League, Caf Confederations Cup and the Super Cup as well as six Ghana Premier League titles. Interestingly, China is the only country Quaye has played in outside of Ghana and has had stints with local clubs in between his spells. Quaye signed for Beijing Baxy in February this year after leaving Yanbian.
3. LEE ADDY | Dalian Aerbin
Date of Birth July 7 1980
Position Defender
Club Dalian Aerbin 

Lee Addy made the squad for the friendly against China and will be welcoming his compatriots to the country. Addy himself joined current team Dalian in January this year from Red Star Belgrade in Serbia. The defender is a mainstay in the Black Stars squad though he usually serves as able and ready back up for the centre backs as well as the left full back. Football pundits have kicked against his decision to move to the Asian country to ply his trade looking at his age, but the guardsman has somehow maintained his form making it possible for national team call-ups.
2. NII ODARTEY LAMPTEY | Shandong Luneng
Date of Birth December 10 1974
Position Midfielder

Nii Odartey Lamptey was Kwame Ayew’s team-mate at the 1992 summer Olympics and another who never quite reached the heights that were projected for him. Lamptey’s inability to make it to the biggest stage was partly due to the greedy ways of his agent who primarily thought about his pocket to the detriment of the budding talent. He did line up for some big clubs though like Anderlecht and PSV as well as Aston Villa and Coventry City, but his foot prints cannot be traced there. He spent two years in China in the twilight of his career - a period in which he said he felt loved by all.
1. KWAME AYEW | Inter Xi'an
Date of Birth December 28 1973
Position Striker
Clubs Retired

Kwame Ayew was an Olympic bronze medalist in 1992 at the Barcelona summer Olympics. He ended the campaign with six goals making him the second highest scorer at the tournament. Arguably, he is the most prestigious Ghanaian footballer to grace the Chinese shores. The striker is well revered in the country which he spent most of his final years. Ayew played three teams in China over a four-year period and was the top scorer of the Chinese League in 2004 with 17 goals in 20 matches. He comes from a ‘true’ football family as his bothers Abedi Ayew Pele and Sola Ayew were also footballers with the former seen as one of the best from Africa. His nephews, Andre, Jordan (Olympic Marseille) and Rahim Ayew (Lierse SK) are currently hoisting the Ayew flag high in the football circles.

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