Like real life scenarios, Association Football has witnessed some explosive talents washed ashore by factors beyond human comprehension led by the likes of Alexandro Pato, Robinho, Mario Balloteli and Lukman Haruna of Nigeria. Teen talents earmarked for global fame sometimes failed to meet the other requirements needed to reach the pinnacle of world football.
Ghana, blessed with a large pool of football talents, have witnessed such budding talents failing to meet the expectations. Augustine Ahinful leads the pack that included Charles Asampong Taylor, Bernard Don Bortey, Eric Kwabena Bekoe and Emmanuel Opoku Agyemang. 442gh.com’s Saani Abacha, takes a look at Ghana’s stagnated football talents that left the world wondering what could have gone wrong.
When Randsford Osei the Ghana Black Satellites to the FIFA World cup at the 2009 global youth tournament, the world paused for him to pass through. The then 19 year old virtually retired careers with his predatory instincts and finishing powers associated with raw talents. His explosive nature as an auxiliary forward, a wide supporting player or a lead attacker, belied that of an unrefined talent.
The former Kessben, Asante Kotoko SC and Berekum Chelsea FC attacker monopolized the world’s media traffic and expectedly rose to the podium at the end of the tournament for the best performing stars of the tourney. He was tipped to lead the Black Stars of Ghana at the very least with some extremist betting on the Ghanaian lifting the Ballon D’Or. He was that good and showed every single sign of a newly born star.
Painfully at 29 years, the Ghanaian forward vanished into the thin air with no traces.
Perhaps the best of raw talents Ghana have seen in the last 2 decades with unparalleled qualities as a center forward. The former Heart of Lions attacker raised hopes alive even on the local scene with an iconic game against Asante Kotoko SC. Adiyiah’s failure to make it in Association football perfectly summed up the notion that ‘talent alone is not a guarantee of successful football career’. The Ghanaian attacker belied his age to pick the Golden Ball at the end of the 2009 FIFA World Cup ahead of the skilful Brazilians only to slum down the drain.
A move to AC Milan for the start of the 2010/11 Soccer season affirmed the class of the much sort after Ghanaian. Nomadic spells away from the San Siro and lack of form denied football fans the chance to watch of the most gifted footballers of his generation.
A place at the 2010 FIFA World cup and his involvement in that controversial goal mouth melee against Uruguaye remains his only moments with the Black Stars. The Ghanaian, a league winner in the Serbian Super league with FK Partizan, joined the list of under achievers blessed with pure talent.
When Bukari Sadat led the Black Starlets team of 2005 to Peru, the world unanimously concluded that a new Ronaldo had been born. The strongly built attacker grace the television screens in a rare fashion and was tipped to lead the Black Stars of Ghana by pundits and experts of the game.
The former Boca Juniors and Heart of Lions forward divided opinions as to who was better when compared to any his peers at the 2005 FIFA World cup staged in Peru.
Like most of the talented youngster, Bukari Sadat, endured a nomadic career across the planet but failed to live up to his status as the finest forward of his generation.
When Accra Hearts of Oak SC unleashed a 14-year old chap into their first team setup, fans of the Oak family instinctively compared the left footed prodigy to the legendary Mohamed Polo. Torric’s talent was so glaring that Asante Kotoko SC’s faithful barely doubted the gulf in class of the wizard. He was loved, adored, supported and celebrated by fans of Accra Hearts, and the football populace at large.
Experts at the continental level envied the new star with Ghanaian decent and immediately named him after Abedi Ayew Pele. Trips to North Africa in recent times provided Torric Jibril an avenue to revive a career that failed to follow the expected template.
When Opoku Agyemang graced the Black Starlets setup as a center forward, Ghanaian football fans immediately called for his inclusion into the senior team. The former Ashgold SC attacker was so good that age was kept aside when describing his attributes as a center forward. The nimble footed forward was naturally elevated into the Black Stars setup despite the injury ridden career.
His intelligence, strength, finishing prowess and link up play, summed up why he was adored across board. The Ghanaian forward lit up screens at the FIFA U17 world cup and was tipped to lead the attacking machinery for the Black Stars at that tender age. A cameo display at the 2010 AFCON, however remains the only measurable spell Opoku Agyemang had with the Black Stars. His naturally endowed talent met a stronger opposition in injuries as Ghana lost a potential African Footballer of the year to footballer’s most feared enemy.