The looming regional and national election around the Ghana football has taken the media traffic away from the current top performing stars for their respective clubs and the nation. The exploits of explosive stars like Justice Blay, Benjamin Efutu and Joseph Esso have been swept aside thanks to the race for the new leadership in Ghana football. Ahead of the upcoming AFCON U23 in Egypt and the ongoing WAFU championship in Senegal, here are the top five stars ready for the mainstream Black Stars if nurtured well.
Joseph Esso, Accra Hearts of Oak SC.
Esso needs no description on the local scene and comes in as a trusted centre forward with goals and complete teamwork. His ability to link up play saw him leading a typical 4-5-1 formation or slotting into an attack oriented 4-3-3 alongside Michelle Sarpong and Manaf Umar upfront. From Ebusua Dwarfs to Accra Hearts of Oak SC, Esso has shown enough to reroute traffic onto himself and confirmed his stature with a man of the match performances against The Gambia at the ongoing WAFU tournament in Senegal. A gradual transition into the mainstream Black Stars might take time but will certainly create teamwork and guarantees transition onto the new generation.
Justice Blay, Asante Kotoko SC
Dubbed as the heartbeat of the current Asante Kotoko SC team by the pundits of the game, Justice Blay has been compared to Sergio Busquete of FC Barcelona. His lack of glamour and flair belittled his ball winning duties as a defensive screen for the defenders and the goalkeeper. Blay capped a dream loan move to the Baba Yara stadium and is currently knocking on the doors of the mainstream Black Stars ahead of the next major tournament.
Benjamin Afutu, Accra Hearts of Oak SC
Any follower of the local league in Ghana will certainly know the value of Benjamin Efutu Kotei thanks to his watertight nature at the center of the pitch. The former Karela United FC seems to have found a niche for himself in recent times with some workaholic attributes for his team. Brilliant outing for the capital based side across the 2019 NC Special tournament unleashed the true qualities of Efutu as his time as a national asset draws closer.
Shafiu Mumuni, Ashgold SC
If goals are the barometer for measuring the potencies of an attacker, then Shafiu Mumuni passed his litmus test with distinction. The nimble footed attacker stole the show across Africa with an 8-minute hat-trick at the Len Clay stadium against Akonagui FC in the CAF Confederation Cup. The Miners center forward can be nurtured by the managerial team of the Black Stars to be the next unsung goal monger for the national team. His goal scoring nous was manifested in the NC Special Competition including a quartet in one game.
Ismail Abdul Ganiu, Asante Kotoko SC
Injuries might be worrying him at the peak of his powers but the defensive prowess of Ismail Abdul Ganiu defies adjectival description. From Wa Al Stars to Asante Kotoko SC en route karela United FC, Ganiu has shown enough quality to make the grade for the Black Stars. The complete nature of the ambidextrous makes him a versatile player as seen in his ability to play across the back four or a defensive screen. The lanky defender unleashed his true potentials under the tenure of Charles Kwablah Akunor and will just walk into most national teams in Africa.