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Feature : The Embryonic Karela United FC Project Aborted By Death, Ghana’s Version Of Ajax Amsterdam That Never Matured

Nzemaland joined the national football map for the start of the 2018/19 Ghana Premier League under the financial influence of Senator David Cobbinah Brigidi. The Crossby Awuah Memorable Park witnessed football festivities in grand style as the nation’s bigwigs were punctuated by a certain well oiled Karela United FC side. The regional pride soon became the Real Madrid of Ghana football with the top stars heading to Nzema.

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The endless financial muscles from David Cobbinah Brigidi saw him snatching the likes of Maxwell Baakoh Messi, Emmanuel Osei Baffuor, Emmanuel Ocran, Ismail Abdul Ganiu and Saddick Alhassan,forming a dynasty on the local terrain. Like any assemblage of football talent, Karela United FC defied their embryonic state with image denting wins over both Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko SC. Each match week at the CAM Park produced contrasting results, joy for Karela United FC fans and disappointment for visiting teams. In football terms, they can be one of three outcomes but in the eyes of Karela United FC, football has only one outcome on home soil-winning emphatically.

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From Isaac Hagan or Nii Amon Kalala in between the sticks, Karela United FC paraded the African version of Galacticos thanks to the Florentino Perez in Cobbinah Brigidi. It was a project destined to rule Ghana and possibly, rule African football. The icy hands of DEATH, however, truncated any such dreams for the people of Nzema. His death amounted to the total collapse of the project in what will take decades to reinstate.

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The following players, part of the Karela United FC resurgence, have either left the club on a free transfer of sold out by the interim managerial body in charge of the now limping team.

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One time Karela United FC players:

Goalkeeper
NII AMON Kalala—Samartex
Isaac Hagan (Possibly joining Aduana Stars)

Right Back
Godfred Saka—Aduana Stars
Isaac Kwain (Free)

Left Back
Imoro Ibrahim—(Very Close to Asante Kotoko SC)
Patrick Yeboah—Kotoko

Center Back
Ismail Abdul Ganiyu—Kotoko
Ampem Dacosta—Kotoko

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Midfielders
Benjamin Afutu Kotei —Hearts of Oak SC
Ourega Jean Vital—TP Mazembe
Maxwell Baakoh—Asante Kotoko
Noel Amo Kpolley—Ivory Coast
Emmanuel Keyekeh – Undecided
Emmanuel Mintah – (Hearts of Oak SC)
Dominic Eshun – (Hearts of Oak SC)
Emmanuel Osei Baffuor – (Ashgold SC)
Amos Kofi Nkrumah (Ashgold)

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Strikers
Bismarck Boamah
Solomon Sarfo Taylor—Vendyssel cf
Emmanuel Ocran—Dreams fc
Donald Koboh Koboh Wellington—Back to Sierra Leone.
Charles Diawise Taylor (Kotoko or Aduana Stars)

A potential title winning pool of players for any coach on any occasion left to depart like overgrown peacocks. The sad collapse of the Nzema project transcended across the entire country with Ghana likely to have benefited from their African heroics.

Their stunning performances in the NC Special Competition summed up the quality of players then assembled by the late Senator, but once death sneaked in, dear once and projects come crashing.

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Can the new leadership of the club assemble such array of players? Johnson Smith, then head coach of the club, joined the player exodus with pastures anew at the Baba Yara Stadium. International Relations Manager, Eric Aligadede is currently at large despite his indelible contributions to the success of the club. The bar has been raised for the people of Nzema, doll out the cash, woe quality players and club will resurrect like an anemic patient after receiving blood. Like the club’s motto, let the Pride and Passion return to Nzemaland.

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Saani Abacha

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