Elite 19: Ranking the best local-based players entering 2019

Anew year has started and 2019 is the year the GFA Normalization Committee announce that domestic football activities in the country will resume with a brand new competition in the offing.

The new competition, which will keep all the clubs active during the GFA normalization process, as well as produce Ghana’s representatives for the next CAF Champions League and Confederations Cup respectively, is scheduled to start on January 26, 2019 and end on April 21, 2019

And in this article FootballmadeinGhana.com’s Gariba Raubil runs the rule on the top nineteen local-based players on pure ability and form entering the 2019 season.

Every premier league player is eligible regardless of their nationality.

Felix Annan – Asante Kotoko

The former WAFA goalkeeper is one of the reference points in terms of goalkeeping in the local game and he has proven to be among the best. Felix has been Kotoko’s number one for three seasons running now producing many reflexive saves on daily basis.

George Owu – AshantiGold SC

Owu has been a strong part of the Miners defence since he joined to bail them out of relegation in the 2017 season.

Osei Agyemang – AshantiGold SC

The defender had a torrid time at Asante Kotoko when he joined from Berekum Chelsea as he never really became an important part of the team but the former Ghana U-23 player shrugged off that disappointment to be a main man in the AshantiGold defence and his partnership with Samed Ibrahim was considered the best in the Ghanaian championship.

Ismail Ganiyu – Karela United/ Asante Kotoko

League winner with Wa All Stars, Ganiyu did not stop there. He proved his credentials at Karela United and Kotoko were so much impressed that they bought his signature as they bid to do better in Africa and after two games so far, it is good.

Samed Ibrahim – AshantiGold SC

He is the main man in the Ashgold defence and thanks to his command at the back, his team conceded the lest number of goals in the first period of the 2018 season. He has been doing this over and over and I do not think his place on this list will be contested by anyone.

Isaac Kwain – Karela United

Perhaps the most underrated defender in the country is Isaac Kwain. He doesn’t get the hype but the former Dwarfs full-back is one of the finest in his position.

Simon Zibo – Liberty Professionals 

In Zibo, Liberty has one of the most talented young defensive midfielder in the country.

Kwesi Donsu – Medeama SC

Medeama extended Donsu’s contract in November until 2020. As one of the best paid players in Tarkwa, Donsu represents more than just a footballer for the club. He is the face of Medeama and as soon as every transfer window  opens he is linked with several big moves but Medeama would only sell if the price is well. The former Division One player is a big game performer and he is the type of player every team will need in their midfield.

Basiru Umar – WAFA / Asante Kotoko

His ball distribution and ball retention qualities are the main reasons C.K Akonnor sanctioned his transfer to Asante Kotoko. Basiru is one of the best ball-playing midfielder who passes well and fit for Akonnor’s “Agroball” style of play.

Justice Blay – Medeama SC

The workaholic midfielder has been a key asset to the team of Moses Parker since joining the side from relegated Hasaacas in 2017. He is both effective as a number 6 or number 8 and helped establish Medeama as title contenders in the first half of the 2018 season and has proven himself as one of the best midfielders in the Ghanaian game.

Amos Addai – AshantiGold SC

Every Ashgold fan is always happy to see Addai torment rivals defenders on the flanks with his terrific pace and skills. He dribbles, assists and scores.

Felix Addo – Elmina Sharks 

Addo is one of the most industrious wingers in the game. When he was called to be part of the Black Stars “B” in the 2017 WAFU Championship held and won by Ghana, many did not understand but the Elmina Sharks winger proved to be an important player to Maxwell Konadu’s team.

Songne Yacouba – Asante Kotoko

The Burkinabe has not passed a year in the country but has quickly establish himself as the most fearsome attacker in the country with some bold performances.

Mumuni Shafiu – Ashantigold SC

The Black Stars “B” striker is the Harry Kane of AshantiGold. He mostly pops up when he is needed especially in difficult games.

Hafiz Wontah Konkoni – Bechem United

Scored five goals in to win April’s best player of the month award. His goals proved vital for Bechem United and one cannot talk about the best goalscorers in the league without giving Hafiz a mention.

Stephen Amankona – Berekum Chelsea

Amakona is the most effective player of the Brekum-based side and takes one of the places on this rich list.

Zakaria Mumuni – Aduana Stars

Zakaria is brilliant and his dribbling skills is one of the best in the country. Even though Aduana Stars were not in the best of shape in the league, few players rival the former WAFA playmaker in terms of quality and ability.

Fatawu Mohammed – Hearts of Oak

The only Hearts of Oak player on this list is Fatawu. Even when the Phobians have been poor the defenders has often stood above his teammates and on pure ability and form he is up there with the best.

Ibrahim Moro-Karela United

The best left back in Ghana and there is hardly an objection to this statement. The former Bolga All Stars defender is your modern day left back. He attacks and defends with same effectiveness,

 

 

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