Ghana is blessed with talented midfielders and the strength of any Ghanaian team is its midfield.Â
The likes of Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Andre Ayew, Anthony Annan and more recently Rabiu Mohammed and others proved at club level that they are a force to reckon with at the middle of the field.
Ghanaians like many other Africans are mostly huge fans of major leagues such as the Spanish La Liga, English Premiership, German Bundesliga, Italian Serie A, and the French Ligue 1, but one youngster who is a complete midfield gem but hidden in the Greek Amateur league for Panthiraikos is Mubarak Amid Kobo.
Kobi is efficient in both the defensive and offensive midfield role and adores former France international Zinedine Zidane as his role model.
The 21-year-old who was born in Maamobi, a suburb of the nationâ€™s capital, Accra but moved to Europe whilst a teenager is one of the best kept secrets in midfield in Ghanaian football.
Goal Ghana's Edmund Okai Gyimah has been monitoring the exploits of the versatile midfielder and presents excerpts of an exclusive interview with him, which touched on his early days, difficulties in Europe and dreams and aspirations.
Goal Ghana: Tell us about yourself
Mubarak Amid Kobo (MAK): I am a Ghanaian footballer born and raised in Maamobi, a suburb of Accra and I am 21 years old.
Goal: At what age did you start playing and how did you get to Europe?
MAK: I started playing at the age of seven. I played colts football for Inter Milan together with Isaac Shaze, who now plays in Sweden, and later to Zinaps in Teshie where I played alongside Clifford Aboagye and Daniel Amartey. I have also played for African United and FC Barbosa, an agent saw me and took me to Turkey before later to Greece.
Goal: So how has it been in Europe as a young footballer?
MAK: I came here when I was 16. I played for Izmir in Turkey before moving to Greece. I cannot say it has been easy but we are still pushing hard as we want to reach a bigger level.
Goal: As a midfielder which is your favourite - offensive or defensive?
MAK: I like to play both and I am very efficient. I can also play as a second striker that is what we call number 10 in Ghana.
Goal: Who do you look up to in your career?
MAK: Well, I look up to Zinedine Zidane because he is one of the greatest players in football and I do admire him so much and I have picked a lot from his games.
Goal: As a young player coming up, how do you see the level of Greek football?
MAK: The level is fine, and also a very good platform for young footballers to mature professionally.
Goal: What are your goals and aspirations in your football career?
MAK: My dream is to play football to reach my goal which is the highest level and make a mark in the game. I know the enthusiasm around the game and what the game can do to your life. The fame, the respect that it can bring to you, friends and all the people around you.