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Top clubs in Europe fight to sign several Ghana U20 players

Published on: 20 July 2013
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Four key members of Ghana's U20 team team that played at the recent U20 World Cup have been caught in a transfer web as some Italian, Turkish and Spanish clubs have made targets of a swoop for their services.

Ebenezer Assifuah, Joseph Attamah, Moses Odjer and Clifford Aboagye, who flew high the Ghana flag at the just-ended FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey,

Assifuah, who won the Golden Boot as the tournament’s top scorer, has seen his stock rise over the past few days, as Italian side, Udinese lead an unassailable race for his services.

The youngster, who joined Liberty Professionals after stints with Proud United in Central Region and Sekondi Eleven Wise, has been on the books of the Italian side after the Africa Youth Championship where he hauled four goals in five matches.

According to inside sources, talks have commenced for the possible transfer of the 20-year-old striker after the World Youth Championship in Turkey.

However, the player with immense power in the penalty box, has since attracted interest from some English and Turkish clubs, but it appears that Udinese (who signed Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu after the Satellites 2009 U-20 World Cup triumph) have a firm grip on the youngster.

Attamah has attracted the attention of two Turkish clubs who have grown fond of his defensive duties, with his Tema Youth teammate, Odjer, also on the radar of Italian side, Chievo Verona. Nonetheless, there are also rival interests from some Portuguese, American clubs for the duo.

According to Tema Youth Chief Executive, Winfred Osei Parma, there have been rival interests in his players since the tournament in Turkey ended last Sunday.

He confirmed Odjer, whose delightful midfield play caught the attention of scouts in Turkey, was destined for greener pastures abroad.

“Odjer will certainly play outside Ghana when all this ends. He has options to choose from,” said Mr Parma, who disclosed there were disagreements with Chievo over the player.

Nimble-footed Aboagye, who won the Bronze Ball as the third best player of the tournament, is said to have also attracted interests from Udinese and Spanish giants, Barcelona.

But the Inter Allies player told Graphic Sports he was yet to be contacted by any club but prayed he got an opportunity to play in Europe.

Comments

  • Blakroze GH says:
    July 20, 2013 10:27 am
    So..erm chinedu, u mean to tell us that zambia is further away than SA? Cos SA has stars in europe....ei this guy is a JOKE
  • adeabiba says:
    July 20, 2013 10:43 am
    u waste ur tym talkn abt dis foolish-fool with no mental ideologies in football.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    July 20, 2013 10:57 am
    @chinedu ony3 dunaa onu...behave urself on this site b4 I humiliate and disintegrate ur ugly sorry my mother still wiping ur ass after taking shit ASS..
  • Sam Praise says:
    July 20, 2013 10:35 am
    Shut up! you are not a Nigerian, but where were all the Ghanians before this tin put up the first comment to cause this confusion? We are talking of world youth stars you are talking of cosafa, are you mad? The best football in Africa is from the west so that tournament is for rugby players fool!
  • bismark okoli says:
    July 20, 2013 11:22 am
    chinedu is not a nigerian 4get him,we talking of producing talent u mentioning Zambia,man u re outdated
  • Jack says:
    July 20, 2013 12:18 pm
    Listen to this BIG IDIOT, Listen take it or leave it Ghanaian is still the leading sports country in Africa, and our players can easily cought the eyes of the European clubs, don't worry yourself, there are still some talented players out there
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 12:30 pm
    @rev so u mean u dnt know the meaning of COSAFA? Ask google maybe u re coming from planet NEPTUNE. All Ghanaians insulting me, i dnt blame u because the truth hurts. Here in Nigeria the only team we fear is Zambia the whole continent even Egypt once said the only team they also fear when they are playing them is Zambia then who am i? I stay in Edu State.
  • JRN186 says:
    July 20, 2013 12:30 pm
    Chinedu dont make me laugh if black satelittes can beat portugal chila usa then they will beat your cosafa team 7-0 like how we beat lesotho in kumasi
  • chizi says:
    July 20, 2013 12:36 pm
    BIG FOOOOL CHINEDU.WERE ARE ALL THIS GUYS YOU MENTIONING.IF THEY ARE GOOD ENOUGH EU CLUBS WILL BE AFTER THEM.WERE WAS ZAMBIA AT THE U20 WORLD CUP...FUCK OFF FOOL
  • chizi says:
    July 20, 2013 12:46 pm
    WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME ZAMBIA QUALIFY FOR YOUTH WORLD CUP.COSAFA MY FOOT.WHICH OF THIS COSAFA NATIONS RATES IN TOP 50 FIFA WORLD RANKING.NO SA IS 59TH.ZAMBIA 60TH NOT TO TALK OF THE REST,EVEN PANAMA RANKS HIGH THAN ALL THIS TEAMS.U ARE THE BIGGEST FOOOL ON EART CHINEDU.NO EU COACH WATCH STUPID TOURNAMENT.
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 01:17 pm
    @JRN186 when did Ghana last beat Zambia if i may ask for u to have the guts that u can beat Zambia 7-0? The same COSAFA squad can DRAW yo seniour team in Kumasi and thats the truth. BY THE WAY COSAFA FINAL IS ON IN NDOLA SO WATCH FOR YOURSELVES on SS9.
  • Samuel says:
    July 20, 2013 02:12 pm
    Somebody should help me with the name of that competition. Is it COFASA, COCOSA, COSACO, COSAFA, COFAFA, COSASA, COCACOLA,COFALA.............This competition is useless, no recognition. Beach football is even better. Please organizers, scrap it.
  • Samuel says:
    July 20, 2013 02:17 pm
    Oh, somebody replied me and said the name is COCACOLA. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. May be COCACOLA are the sponsors. They are wasting money for useless competition.
  • Anti-Sports Illiterate(rockeySports) says:
    July 20, 2013 03:01 pm
    That's pathetic** Go U Black Stars Of Africa*Let them envy us, the Naija's and the Gosh players Zambians We are blessed with Talent and we are outstandn in Africa* the more U hate the more we shine and bright* Proud to be African Star* God bless GH***
  • cafe GH BWOY says:
    July 20, 2013 03:05 pm
    these zambian idiots are just hoping to receive miracles like manna from heaven but it is imposible
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 03:57 pm
    I told u Ghanaians its ZAMBIA 2 ZIMBABWE 0 Zambia lifts COSAFA cup. Kumasi Ghana I Zambia 2 Jacob Mulenga will score a brace and Wakaso will score in 89th with a header which will send Mweene in an opposite direction. Gyan will resign alongside Boteng and Essien then they will come back in 2017. I have already seen this.
  • evii says:
    July 20, 2013 04:33 pm
    @ chinedu when was the last time nigeria beat ghana?? think about nigeria first before zambia.
  • collynzo says:
    July 20, 2013 05:00 pm
    Hahaha Chinedu where is 'Edu' state in Nigeria? You are obviously a Zambian pretending to be Nigerian. I hope you guys defeat Ghana anyway.
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 04:42 am
    Let those clubs watch todays COSAFA final and they will then prefer signing players like Bruce Musakanya, Mukuka Mulenga, Bornwell Mwape, Phiri etc not these Ghanaian dark stars.
  • Kwabena Asante Yeboah says:
    July 20, 2013 05:00 am
    You give such a foreigner an opportunity to spew such offensive words yet you block my wise words
  • Ato says:
    July 20, 2013 05:04 am
    Hey? Is it Chinedu or whatever u call yourself, zambian nincompoop, who is afaraid to let the world know, or if you are truly a naijaman i will expect you to promote players of your super chickens & leave those zambian boffons alone because as for we Ghana Black Stars, NO SIZE!!!!
  • nokevin prince Boateng says:
    July 20, 2013 05:15 am
    Nkwaseasem akwaa kwa. chinedu none of those idiotic apes mentioned above can be compared to the glorious satelites.
  • Mackenzy says:
    July 20, 2013 05:31 am
    Chenedu so you had the gut to insult Ghanain players. God have mercy on you because you don't know what you are saying. Remember that Ghanain players are very good so people admire them. Moreover, in Africa Ghana is Second interms of football, after Ivory Coast
  • Sam says:
    July 20, 2013 05:51 am
    Chinedu, Those teams not interested in that cosafa, the players playing that are useless, the teams want players playing on the world stage, not that useless cosafa with full of useless players. U can call the what ever u want, but ask ur self where was ur team, where ever u from. Dumb ass.....
  • Kao says:
    July 20, 2013 06:02 am
    Chinedu, Upon this modern world, you are still Privitive. Don't you know that Ghana U-20 will do the killer in Kumasi ? Come 6th Sept. 2013
  • jack says:
    July 20, 2013 06:19 am
    chinedu, i lyk ur trust in de cosafa but de U20 is de 2nd event on de fifa calanda after de world cup. the stakes are diff n stop insultin, just make ur view known.
  • ERIC ABBAN says:
    July 20, 2013 06:21 am
    PLS DONT TALK ABOUT THAT USELESS TOURNAMENT,BESIDES GHANA HAS YOUNG TALENTS WHO CAN DO BETTER THAN THE NAMES U MENTIONED.COSAFA FOR WHAT?PEOPLE DONT EVEN SHOW INTEREST IN WATCH
  • Mulenga says:
    July 20, 2013 06:45 am
    Why do zambians do this? This blog has nothing to do with Zambia but you find people commenting. Im Zambian but I dont condone this.
  • Blakroze GH says:
    July 20, 2013 06:51 am
    When at all is that competition starting?..yeah, that cosafa?
  • Dr Who says:
    July 20, 2013 07:06 am
    Chinedu,how can you compare a FIFA U20 World Cup to COSAFA cup? Even the CAF Confederation Cup is more prestige than COSAFA cup.
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 07:07 am
    Just watch this afternoon and compare the players. They are damn good and for u @Mulenga mind your business man. Zambia can do better at under 20 world cup even senior level. U shall see yourselves come 2014 in Brazil, Zambia will become the only african country to reach world cup final.
  • adam4eve Ag.Swedruni ba says:
    July 20, 2013 07:10 am
    as a result of many people showing VERY LESS interest in that ur so-called cosafa,this is my very first day i have ever heard of this.pls can anyone lets me know where this useless event is taking place? We are dark,yes i understand,but showing an incredible prowers in football does not recognise the tone of ones coluor Oppong Weah wouldn't have been ones a world footballer of the year in his life time.Broaden your horizon Chinedu.Non of ur players can be compared to our U-20 players and thats a fact.
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 07:43 am
    @Adam is it not you who call yourselves black stars?
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 07:48 am
    Watch COSAFA final Zambia vs Zimbabwe @SS9 time 1500hrs in Levy Mwanawasa stadium. Then u shall see the talent Zambia has.
  • bill says:
    July 20, 2013 07:58 am
    haaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa now i understand y chinedu is an ignorant illitrate
  • bill says:
    July 20, 2013 07:58 am
    haaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa now i understand y chinedu is an ignorant illitrate
  • kouplez says:
    July 20, 2013 08:14 am
    Pls somebody, tel fifa dat zambians are desperate to play in de world cup so their national team shd be allowed to participate in de U17 without playing qualifiers cos they may not qualify. For world cup proper they shd forget not even de women's WC
  • Faculty says:
    July 20, 2013 08:39 am
    I dnt even rememba wen a zambia u17 or u20 team participate in a fifa world cup, even ur so call cosafa cup hw much hv u won. Fuck off chinedu, u cn go to hell, Ghana football fr live
  • Faculty says:
    July 20, 2013 08:39 am
    I dnt even rememba wen a zambia u17 or u20 team participate in a fifa world cup, even ur so call cosafa cup hw much hv u won. Fuck off chinedu, u cn go to hell, Ghana football fr live
  • rev says:
    July 20, 2013 08:46 am
    can someone pls tell me de meaning of dat so called cosafa?
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 09:13 am
    Zambia has played in 5 of the 6th COSAFA cup finals and has worn 3 of them today will be the 4th cup for Zambia live @SS9 15hrs, 07/20/2013.
  • Chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 09:24 am
    Iam a Nigerian and i like following Zambian football because their football is very interesting to watch compared to any country in Africa even my Nigeria. They also have skillful players, its only that they are very far to europe compared to us west africans thats why they dont have a lot of professionals.
  • Fuck chinedu says:
    July 20, 2013 10:03 am
    Weda u frm niger or zambia we dnt gv a fuck abt dt all we care is ds is nt ur site nd fr dt mata stp commentn on stuffx dts nt fr u nd stp bhavn lik da morrons do,wn dd ur country startd playn football....FOOL
  • Local boy says:
    July 20, 2013 07:24 pm
    @collynzo u will neva hope for urslf.aimless creature haha..
  • Adombire says:
    July 20, 2013 08:09 pm
    Aimless chenedu. Stop pretending.
  • SETH.KOFI says:
    July 20, 2013 11:31 pm
    May God bless these youth stars to go far to become world stars.