The sudden rise and surprise fall of Ghana’s Dominic Adiyiah Ghana’s Edmund Okai Gyimah laments the current poor form of the once touted young striker who made the headlines at the Under-20 World Cup in Egypt 2009
 Edmund Okai Gyimah
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Once upon a time, an unknown personality in the person of Dominic Adiyiah, who had achieved little success in football and had put up an average performance in the African Under-20 championship in Rwanda where he managed only two goals shot into the limelight by banging in the goals that helped Ghana to win the World U20 championship in Egypt 2009.

Playing as if possessed by some forces, the then Fredikstead bench warmer was the main architect in the
"The move to Karysiaka was a big minus in the first place and a blemish on his side considering where the past winners of the Fifa U20 best player have reached "
Ghanaian team as he capped it with both the Golden Boot and the Golden Ball award as the Black Satellites became the first African country to win the Fifa junior world tournament since its inception.

Another defining moment came when then Brazilian coach of AC Milan Leonardo De Araujo, who was  hunting for the next biggest thing in world football paid 1.5 million Euros for the services of the striker and the icing on the cake came when the Confederation of African Football (Caf) named him as the best  young player in Africa in 2009 and by that time, Adiyiah had become  the cynosure of all-eyes with the whole world hoping that he will reach the status attained by other past winners of the world U20 championship best player such as Javier Pedro Saviola, Fernando Torres, Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and others.

Ironically, at a time that most of the players who were nowhere near Adiyiah three years ago when he ruled the world such as Paulo Henrique, Guilliano, Vladmir Koman, Alan Kardec, Douglas Costa became the targets of big clubs - Manchester United, Chelsea, Real Madrid – the young goal machine, on the other hand, was fading out like a leaf in the dry season and had to sign for an unknown Turkish Division Two club Karsiyaka FC on loan.

Certainly, the Arsenal Kiev forward has lots of football years ahead of him but the move to Karysiaka was a big minus in the first place and a blemish on his side considering where the past winners of the Fifa U20 best player have reached - Messi is the undisputed king of football in modern era, Torres when in form is the best striker in the world and Aguero has proved beyond all reasonable doubt that he is a goal assassin and his 35 million pounds move from the Vincente Calderon Stadium to Manchester City tells it all.

Ironically, these are players the Ghanaian shares something in common as U20 heroes, but sadly, Adiyiah is on the retrogression stage and it would not be a surprise to see him playing in Saudi Arabia and retiring pre-maturely afterwards.

In any case, whoever advised Adiyiah to sign for AC Milan has done him more harm than good because from the on set, the signs were clear that the bench was going to be his permanent abode considering the fact that the Rossoneri had in their fold more tried and well established forwards comprising Alexandra Pato (now with Corinthians), old horse Fillipo Inzaghi (retired), Robinho and they later on brought in Antonio Casano (Internacionale), and Zlatan Ibrahimovic (now with PSG) where as he could have opted for the likes of Hamburg, Dortmund, Everton, PSG and other clubs who were after his signature.

Now Adiyiah is gradually evaporating into thin air like hot water as even in the modest Ukrainian league where he plays for Arsenal Kiev, he only made seven appearances the whole of last season without scoring.

Adiyiah has virtually lost his place in the Black Stars with the recent call-up of goal poachers such as Abdul Majeed Waris of Spartak Moscow in Russia, Emmanuel Clottey of Esperance and Sassuolo’s young goal assassin Richmond Boakye-Yiadom who have all been invited into the Black Stars squad.