We take a look at the bright young starlets emerging from Ghana who could well be in the running for a Goal 50 nod in the coming years
By Edmund Okai Gyimah
No Ghanaian has made it into the Goal 50 – a class of best players selected across the world by Goal editors and released annually.
Ahead of this year’s announcement on July 29, Goal takes a look at the 10 brightest youngsters from Ghana who can make it to the Goal 50 in some years to come.
|SILAS TWUMASI - South Bronx United
The 16-year-old striker is one of the emerging talents in American soccer where he has won the juvenile goal king tile thrice in a row with South Bronx United. Twumasi whose strength lies in his pace, power, skills and an eye for goal has already trained with the senior side of MLS giants New York Red Bulls and has plans of moving to Europe to continue his career after his High School Education next year.
|OBENG REGAN - FK Napredak|
|RAZAK IDDRISU - Wolfsburg|
The German national Under-17 star striker has already made name in the European country with his exploits for the youth team of Wolfsburg. Versatile Iddrisu can operate on both flanks and as a typical centre forward his major assets are his strength, skills and an eye for goals. The son of former Ghana striker Abu Iddrisu Razak is considered as one of the best teenage footballers in Germany.
|ABRAHAM AKWASI FRIMPONG - FK Napredak|
Frimpong won the overall best player of the prestigious Romeo and Juliet youth tournament in Italy in 2008 which featured the likes of Stephane El Sharaawy, Black Stars players Afriyie Acquah and Richmond Boakye-Yiadom among others. The 20-year-old solid centre-back can also operate in central and defensive midfield and was key to Napredak’s promotion to the Serbian top flight. Clubs such as Parma have shown interest in him. He has previously played for Vicenza and Vojvodina.
|GODSWAY DONYOH - Manchester City|
The 18-year-old forward is on loan at Swedish side Djurgardens and helped the club to the final of the Swedish Cup this season. Donyoh, who was purchased by former City boss Roberto Mancini, is a versatile striker and well endowed with skills, flair, aerial ability and has a keen eye for goals. The striker is expected to lead the Manchester City attack in the English premiership few years to come as his progress has been very excellent.
|AMIDU SALIFU - Fiorentina|
Salifu is one of the best young central midfielders. He caught the eyes of several clubs during the 2008 Romeo and Juliet tournament in Italy and eventually signed for Vicenza. The 21-year-old excelled greatly and was bought by Fiorentina and became one of the few young players to have Serie A experience. Since 2011 he has played 24 games in all for the La Viola and Catania where he was on loan last season.
|JOSEPH ALFRED DUNCAN - Inter Milan|
Duncan made name with the Inter Milan Primavera in 2011 by helping them to win the trophy and made two appearances in the first half of last season when he was promoted to the first team before moving on loan to Livorno. The 20-year-old ambidextrous midfielder played a major part in helping Livorno to gain promotion to the Italian Serie A and his fine exploits has caught the eyes of clubs such as Sunderland, Genoa, Bologna and Sampdoria. He is considered as one of the best young footballers in Italy.
|YUSSIF CHIBSAH RAMAN - Parma|
The Parma player who was originally owned by the Gialloblu and the Old Lady was voted as the Juventus best on-loan player for 2013 in a poll conducted by the club’s management and fans. Chibsah spent last season on-loan at Sassuolo and was the engine of the Modena-based club as they qualified for the Serie A for the first time in their 90-year history. Parma have now bought the other half of his rights from Juventus to fully own him.
|GODFRED ADOFO - Parma|
The midfield enforcer who is also owned by Parma captained their youth team in 2011 before moving on loan to Romanian sides CFR Cluj and Uta Arad last season where he helped the latter to place third in the league. Currently, newly-promoted Spanish side Elche are on his heels. The 20-year-old anchor man is noted for his good tactical play, tackles, good passes as well as scoring goals from midfield.
|RICHMOND BOAKYE-YIADOM - Juventus|
The Juventus striker scored 10 times for Sassuolo to gain promotion to the Serie A though missing a couple of weeks through his participation in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations and injuries. Boakye-Yiadom, who was onetime described by the Italian media as the best striker in the Serie B, have earned applause across the peninsula for his fantastic display for all the teams he has played for. The 20-year-old, who was also bought by Genoa after the 2008 Romeo and Juliet tournament, is one of the few players in world football to score in all his debuts.