Footballmadeinghana’s panel of experts have compiled a list of top preforming players who returned to the Ghana Premier League after stints abroad.
The ongoing 2020/21 campaign has produced several plots that will make for a blockbuster Hollywood script.
The heroes? An elite group of gallant footballers who have seen their careers come full circle.
These “returnees” are box office hits and are a big part of the reason why this season has been full of drama and excitement.
From the title race to relegation survival, these players are turning out to be the protagonists that will decide the fate of the season.
5. Razak Abalora- Asante kotoko
The Ex WAFA player returned to Ghana after a very successful career in Tanzania with FC Azam.
The 24 year old competed a shock transfer to Kotoko at the start of the season and has since dethroned club captain Felix Annan as the first choice goalkeeper.
Abalora has kept an impressive 12 clean sheets (more than any goalkeeper) in 28 league appearances for the Porcupine Warriors so far.
The Ghanaian international is for many, the best goalkeeper in the league and will certainly be in the conversation for the Golden Glove award at the end of the campaign.
4. Mohammed Tetteh Nortey- Techiman Eleven Wonders
Following stints with Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko, King Faisal and Elmina Sharks, Tetteh Nortey joined Eleven Wonders in April 2020 on a free transfer.
The 30 year old has since become a key member of the Wonders set-up.
Although he plays primarily as a centre-back, his versatility has seen him feature and shone in central midfield for the Techiman-based club.
Noertey is one of the highest scoring defenders in the league with 5 goals in 24 appearances.
3. Hans Kwoffie- AshantiGold/Legon Cities
After a largely unsuccessful spell with Malaysian side Puchong Fuerza FC, the former GPL Top scorer rejoined Ashantigold SC as a free agent for a second stint prior to the start of the 2020/21 season.
But after scoring five goals in 8 appearances for the Miners, Kwoffie made the switch to Legon Cities in the second transfer window.
Since then, the lethal forward has managed to increase his tally to 10 goals and is in contention to win the goal king race.
But perhaps his biggest compliment is the fact that despite Legon Cities’ star-studded roster which includes Asamoah Gyan and Victorien Adebayor, their season will live or die on Kwoffie’s form.
2. Prince Opoku Agyemang- Medeama SC
The “Prince of Goals” returned to the Ghanaian top-flight this season after spending three months on loan at South Africa’s Cape Town City FC.
He was recalled by Medeama following the side’s tetchy start to the campaign.
Since his return, the 28-year-old goal machine hasn’t missed a beat.
Agyemang has netted 7 goals in 13 appearances to propel Medeama SC back in the title race.
The Mauve and Yellows are 3rd on the league standings with 46 points after 28 rounds of matches played.
1. Gladson Awako- Great Olympics
Awako played for many clubs on the local and international scene since gaining prominence in 2009 following a stellar African Youth Championship (AYC) and FIFA U-20 World Cup performances.
After a successful five-year stint in Congo with TP Mazembe and in the United States with Phoenix Rising FC, the ex Hearts of Lions player inked a contract with the “Dade boys” before the start of the truncated 2019/20 League campaign.
A year later, the midfield maestro went from being just another veteran looking to revive his career to establishing himself as arguably the best player in the topflight.
The Former under-20 world cup winner has truly been reborn at Olympics with several eye catching performances that has earned him a call-up into the senior national team, the Black Stars.
Awako has scored 6 goal and provided 6 assists so far for Oly Dade who are well on course for a top 4 finish.