The iconic number 10 jersey is preserved for trusted and aesthetic footballers as seen in Leonel Messi, Mesuit Oizil, Ronaldinho and Maradona. The jersey goes beyond just a number at the back of a shirt. The lethal feet of Zidane or the magic work of Luka Modric summed up who must be trusted with a number 10 jersey. For 21 year old Aziz Dogo to shake off the shackles of injury prone pitches in Wa to becoming a replacement for Ghana’s best goal scorer on the local league for the last three seasons, one needs to take a journey down memory Lane. But who is Aziz Dogo?
Like most talented footballers from the upper west region, Aziz Dogo rose through the ranks of Area Football Gala matches along the corridors of a suburb known as Jengbeyiri. His senior brother, known as Gaza, was always touted as a natural goal poacher until the arrival of lanky Aziz into the Dogo family. A penchant for goals at the community level raised hopes across the region as Aziz became a household name at most training grounds within the municipality. From Orooma Park to other mushroom pitches in the region, Owen, as Aziz was known in the region, banged in goals on daily basis to affirm his class. He was a focal player and the toast of the fans until he joined the third tier of Ghana football.
Brief spells in the regional league confirmed Aziz’s class as a trusted goal poacher. When Wa Suntaa SC came calling, it was a match made in heaven. The striker provided goals needed whiles the Believers provided the platform for further exposure. Eastern region based Phar Rangers heard of his prowess after a short spell with Still Believe FC and offered the bigger platform. Eight odd goals in the National division one league confirmed the class of Aziz en route to Anyinase for a new adventure with Karela United FC.
Having sold their iconic number 9 to North African giants in the Egyptian Premier League in Diawise Taylor, fans of Karela United FC wondered who was going to replace their legendary number 9. Names that came to mind never really included Aziz since he was an unknown name in the ranking of Ghana’s potent forwards. Destiny ensured that the over 1200km apart really never mattered as Owen left the corridors of Wa for the noisy Crossby Awuah Memorial Park in Anyinase. If replacing the most trusted Ghanaian forward in the Ghana Premier league for the last three seasons was herculean, how about the weight of the iconic number 10 shirt? Aziz Dogo did not only accept the burden, he also shook off any doubt with a honeymoon goal against the newly assembled Aduana Stars. He might just be 21 years old but his winning mentality, self believe, instincts in the box and overall contribution to his team might just be too hot for defenders to contain.
Diawise Taylor traded Ghana Football for the dollars in the Egyptian topflight. His physical person will certainly be missed but can we say same about his goal scoring prowess? Aziz Dogo ‘Owen’ might just the wild card.