Goal Ghana deputy editor Umar-Farouk Atipaga gives a brief profile on the Ghanaian players in the UCL and the chances of their teams in the competition
Name: Kwadwo Asamoah
Juventus have swept almost all the domestic titles in Italy in the last three years. Asamoah joined the party two seasons ago from Udinese and has since been decorated too. But their poor campaign in the Champions League last season would be of great concern to them as they seek to make amends this term. Juventus have what it takes to progress from Group A, despite being paired with reigning finalists, Atletico Madrid and “stubborn” side, Olympiakos.
Name: Kevin-Prince Boateng
Club: Schalke 04
The former AC Milan midfielder had a great campaign with the German side last season amidst injury troubles. His recent dip in form and early injury problems should give the Schalke technical team some concerns. But on any good day, he still remains a key player for Jens Keller’s side. Chelsea are strong favourites in Group G, but Schalke and Sporting Lisbon will have to fight for the other slot.
Name: Daniel Opare
Leaving Standard Liege for Porto is surely a big leap. But can he play consistently at the Dragao outfit? With the Real Madrid Castilla product currently injured, it is only fair to give him time. But it is clear he needs to work his socks off to break into that team. Though Porto have a lot of pedigree in Europe than their opponents, Group H is still wide open, with the likes of Atletico Bilbao, Shakhtar Donetsk and BATE Borisov representing.
Name: Enoch Kofi Adu
Club: Malmo FF
His recent move to the Swedish side has already yielded some dividend. He is obviously going to taste UEFA Champions League football again. After playing a critical role in the team’s two qualifying matches, Adu should surely be bracing up for the biggest continental club competition in the world. But being in the same group with Juventus, Atletico and Olympiakos is such a huge test.
Name: Frank Acheampong
He still remains one of the promising Ghanaian players abroad. Playing at this stage would be such a remarkable exposure for the former Ghana U20 star. It will take an out-of-the-world performance to see them go past the likes of Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and to some extent Galatasaray in Group D.