Raphael Dwamena’s brace on his debut for Ghana brought back memories of the deadly presence of striking legend Anthony Yeboah.
At just 21, Dwamena vindicated several calls for his delayed inclusion to the Black Stars and proved how much of a mistake it was for him to the dropped for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.
With a cultured left-foot, the FC Zurich hitman bagged two goals widely considered to be that of a real goal-monger in the 5-0 drubbing of Ethiopia in the opening 2019 AFCON qualifying game on Sunday.
Dwamena was part of Ghana’s provisional squad for the 2017 AFCON but was controversially dropped by Avram Grant with Schalke youngster Bernard Tekpetey the preferred option.
And when the Black Stars found itself struggling to score goals at the AFCON with an unfit Asamoah Gyan and an out of sort Jordan Ayew, the decision to drop Dwamena became even more painful as Ghana missed yet another opportunity win its first AFCON in over thirty years – succumbing to a crashing 2-0 defeat to eventual winners Cameroon in the semi finals.
Ghana has long been in search of a real no.9, one that can be compared to the legendary Tony Yeboah who served the nation way too well with his goals – some out of this world.
The search for a poacher is critical now more than ever with Asamoah Gyan clearly grinding towards the end of his career.
This makes the emergence of Dwamena more than a breath of fresh air – alas, another viable source of goals appears to be surfacing.
Some may argue that though off to a good start with a brace on his debut, Dwamena still has a lot to prove by replicating such form against a better opposition.
Of course the school-boy defending of the Ethiopians helped, but strikers have missed much more begging opportunities than the ones he took on Sunday.
He is not near being the refined striker we all hope he will be, but clearly a genuine talent who can blossom to produce memories of the great Tony ‘Yegoala’ Yeboah.