Ghana midfielder Haminu Dramani joins French side Arles Avignon

Published on: 12 July 2011

Ghana midfielder Haminu Dramani has joined French second division side Arles Avignon, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

This comes after the 25-year-old snubbed a move to top-flight club Lorient who were on the verge of signing him.

Dramani sealed the deal with the club on Tuesday but terms of the contract was not disclosed.

The winger moves on free transfer after opting not to extend his contract with Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow.

Dramani started talks with Lorient over a move last month but says he opted for Arles after talking to Andre Ayew who spent half-season on loan at the club two years ago.

"I talked with Andre Ayew and he told me that I must be prepared. It will be tough," Dramani said.

"I wanted above all to find playing time in order to demonstrate my skills in the field."

"So I was looking for a club that allows me to regain my stability and better player. It is the only reason for my choice. "

The 2006 World Cup star in January threatened not to extend his stay with Lokomotiv Moscow after witnessing several racist attacks in the country.

He even told fellow African players never to dream of playing in the Russian Premier League because of a barrage of racist attacks.

The world’s attention have been drawn to the high levels of racial slurs in Russian football after Zenit St. Petersburg fans racially assaulted Brazilian legend Roberto Carlos with banana symbolisms.

Dramani, who played for Lokomotiv Moscow, says he is deeply worried by the trend and will never advice any African footballer to move to the Northern Europe country.

Comments

  • phill
    says: 7 years ago
    GR8T NEWS....CONGRATS MAN. LONG TIME NO SEE. ALL THE BEST
  • Unknown
    says: 7 years ago
    Nice move, good for him!
  • Jerro,GREECE
    says: 7 years ago
    The best of the season for me.I repeat, for me.You will be happy again bruv. Keep the spirit moving.
  • Sam
    says: 7 years ago
    Guys, why do you call this a nice move? 25 yrs with WC experience and on free transfer to a first division side a good move? He has a bad and inexperienced agent. Dramani deserved something better. I rather feel sorry for him, his junior brother advising him to expect tough times in the junior league, this should be enough indication that he is lowering his standard. Come home and play with some elite clubs and take time to search for a better deal. Wise up Dramani, you are drifting far away from the Black Star.
  • marcel
    says: 7 years ago
    he was not racially abused, he is truly a monkey. Hahahahahahahaha
  • kris
    says: 7 years ago
    @marcel go str_repeat('*',strlen('fuck')) urself!!!
  • DAYO
    says: 7 years ago
    joseph yobo the nigerian super chickens captain has been arested in turkey for stealing in turkey?
  • Peedi Crack
    says: 7 years ago
    Sam...i dont think u know what u talking about...Dramani needs a good platform to resurrect is career so going to Arles is a good idea, they are not an average league 2 side, they were in the league 1 and got relegated so their mission is to get back to the french top flight and he needs a team who will give him the playing time to get his swagger back and not warming the bench at at a league 1 team.........he was on loan most of the time, while at locomotive moscow so the french league is a great league for him and african players in general, and is serves as a feeder league to the EPL.....dede's advise to dramani is clear and simple, it will be tough and dramani should expect that because like i said earlier, Arles mission is to get back to the league 1 so they gotta work really hard....and i'm suprise u are saying he should come "home" and play with some elite clubs and take time to search for a better deal??? Elite clubs in ghana??....word, u serious????...LMAO.....who will exchange european soccer for the ghana premier league???.....u must be loosing ya mind!!....thats a dumb ass statement!!!....think forward and not backwards....hahaha
  • kassbak
    says: 7 years ago
    "This comes after the 25-year-old snubbed a move to top-flight club Lorient who were on the verge of signing him". how come he snubbed a top-flight club for a second division club? Ghanasoccernet are you sure is not the club that snubbed him?
  • JNR
    says: 7 years ago
    Because Lorient couldn't gaurantee him more playing time and he can get that at Arles.
  • Sam
    says: 7 years ago
    @ Peedi Crack, Did I offend you of what I wrote about somebody? Why the insult? Do I have right to say my mind? Who made you a judge on this discussion? You can express your opinion without insult, cant you? Back to our point, Dramani was one of the best players at 2006 WC, made a mistake of signing a long contract in Russia. Many clubs in EPL seeking his signature, and today at a young age of 25 with all these experience joining a 2 division side is retrogressing to me. It's like John Mensah or Muntari going to play at a junior side, is that a good news? IF Ghana clubs are so bad, no European club would buy a player from Ghana. Our players are everywhere in the world. Again what's the basis for your insult? Respect begets respect, if you understand that.
  • king mo
    says: 7 years ago
    @marcel. If u describe someone as a monkey then,what are you? I think u re a smelly and filthy swine.
  • king mo
    says: 7 years ago
    @marcel. If u describe someone as a monkey then,what are you? I think u re a smelly and filthy swine. Go to hell.
  • Peedi Crack
    says: 7 years ago
    Sam, Dramani is not on the same level as Muntari and John Mensah so dat comparison dont even make sense....both Muntari and Mensah have both played for champ league clubs and actually played in champ league games.....dramani has been loan out most of the time, while at locomotive, and all i'm saying about the clubs in ghana is that, there is no sense of a player in europe going back to ghana to relaunch his career, that cannot be said about a league like the brazilian and the argentine league since a lot of brazilians and argentines go back to relaunch their career to get back to europe ghana's league is not as strong as those leagues so there is absolutely no reason for dramani should even consider that as a possiblity....u definately dont get my point, and i never said the ghana league is a bad league, ofcourse players are transfered to europe on a yearly basis....hey errbody entitled to their own opinion, it aint that deep!!
  • David
    says: 7 years ago
    well i want to first thank Allah for all that he us been doing for Haminu , even it been a long time since we head from him, for me is my role model and i follow much is matches he played in Russian ok, now that he us move away from there , i know it a start of great things to come from him , please tell Haminu that i love him so much and i will like to contact him in any way , so if he can contact me on my email address i will be very glad ok [email protected] and i will also be supporting him with all my prayers and i know Allah who makes a way is going to make greater ways for him , i wish him all the best and love and support
  • Peedi Crack
    says: 7 years ago
    And also dont think signing for a team means u are guaranteed playing time....if dramani feels like Arles presented the best platform for him, to relaunch his career after making a huge mistake and going to russia, then so be it!!...he did whats best for him!!!.....and he prolly knows he will get more playing time der and help Arles get back to the league 1.....is not always about going to a better club....the opportunity of getting a lotta playing time definately outweighs sitting ya ass on the bench and collecting ya $$$......Loreint prolly did not gaurantee him a starting role or adequate playing time.........even Dede was loaned out to Arles to earn some experience and playing time... and who knows, I just hope dramani gets all the burn he needs, showcase his talent and it will definately not go unoticed.....league 1 teams will be looking for his services.....trust me he knows what he's doing!!!
  • Peedi Crack
    says: 7 years ago
    Same example as kevin nolan, leaving newcastle and and following coach chris hughton and signing for birmingham city and gudjohnsen ready to sign for west ham who are also now in the championship.....he could have looked for another premiership club but sam allardyce has prolly presented him with the best option of earning a lotta playing time and aiding the hammers to gain promotion back into the premiership!!
  • marcel
    says: 7 years ago
    russian league is not good for a black player right now for obvious reasons hence his decision 2 swap it for french 2nd division. But i remember this guy from afcon 2010 or 2008, i was impressed with his performances for dat young ghanian side dat defeated us. If he still plays dat way then a ligue 1 side will buy him in no distant time. And ofcourse am very sorry for all my earlier abusive comments, it was due 2 some bad comments about my country nigeria made by some ghanians but truth is there are very many decent ghanians as well as bad ones and likewise for nigerians so i should have just ignored them. Extremely sorry about calling a fellow black man monkey out of anger cos i guess dat also makes me one. Sorry guys.
  • anwar sadat
    says: 6 years ago
    i like that decision u make keep on u can make it but u need to work hard. good luck.