Goal Ghana's Edmund Okai Gyimah argues that Obeng Regan is one of the highly talented youngsters who has been kept away from the lenses of pundits and football fans.
Does the name Obeng Regan ring any bells in your ears? No, perhaps not now but the Ghanaian playmaker is currently one of the hottest young prospects in Serbia.
The 18-year- old who hails from Berekum is certainly one of the best kept secrets in modern soccer, and that has kept him away from the revolving big lenses that are usually on the tail of youngsters particularly in the Serie A, Ligue 1, Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premiership.
As I sat at the press box of the Sunyani Coronation Park last Saturday to cover the charity match between the Brong Ahafo based professionals and the Ghana Premiership XI, Regan dazzled with his deft left footed touches, good dribbling skills, incisive passes and killer free-kicks.
At that moment, the only thing that came to mind was conclude that Obeng Regan is certainly Ghana’s yet-to-be-discovered Maradona.
Born on August 15, 1994- the talented smallish left footed playmaker was drafted into the Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord Academy at an early age after scouts of the academy watched him display his enormous talent. Under the tutelage of Sam Arday, Regan became the heartbeat of the Feyenoord under-15 team.
“My time at Feyenoord was wonderful as I learnt a lot, it has also helped me more in my professional career in terms of discipline, how to position myself on the field and others,” Regan told Goal Ghana.
Time at Kotoko
At the age of 16, Regan was signed by former Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach, Ebo Mends for the junior team. He quickly established himself in the set up of the Kotoko U-20 side and got a couple of senior team appearances. According to him, his performance at training and commitment to serve should have given him a consistent place in the team.
“Looking at how I trained coupled with my readiness to play, I believe I should have played more matches for the senior team.”
Bogdan Korak impressed with his outing
After the dismissal of Ebo Mends, majority of the players he bought were farmed out for non-performance but Obeng was maintained by Korak who was highly impressed with his output. “I remember so well after the King Faisal match, I received a lot of calls from friends and supporters who congratulated me and commended me for my output,” Regan recalled with nostalgia.
“My age also did not allow me to get more playing time at Kotoko, I was just 16 years and there were older and more established players in my position.”
NK Napredak signed Regan after watching him in Kotoko’s Serbia training tour
Kotoko went for a training tour in Serbia in 2011 under Bogdan Korak and it took just a short time for scouts of Napredak to make their intensions of signing the playmaker known.
Exploding in Serbia and future dreams
Hard core football fans may not be too keen on a teenager plying his trade in a modest Serbian league but for Obeng Regan, who was one of his club’s best players last season as they sealed qualification to the Serbian top flight, Napredak is a stepping stone as he seeks to reach higher heights.
“Helping my team to secure promotion to the top league is a dream come true for me and I am very happy to have been an integral part of our qualification to the top division.
“This is a sign of great things to come and I am not resting on my oars because I am determined to do great things,” the Serbian based noted.
Regan has become a key member in the set up of Nenad Milovanovic alongside Akwasi Frimpong and Alidu Mohammed Harif and they will be very vital for the club in the top flight next season