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Sports News of Friday, 31 January 2020

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Ghana’s 2010 AFCON final team; where are they now?


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It looked like it was going to end in a stalemate until Mohammed Gedo curled one into the post after a quick one-two with Mohammed Zidane.

It was a sucker-punch that Ghana who for most part of the game had their backs to the wall were never going to recover from.

Gedo’s 85th minute goal, a sublime one to be honest, proved the decider as the Pharaohs won their seventh AFCON title.

Back home in Ghana, there was grief and disappointment but there was also a sense of appreciation and adulation for the team.

Milovan Rajevac and his boys went into the tournament with little expectations. It was a team bereft of most its known faces with Appiah, Muntari, Laryea Kingston and some senior figures all ruled out.

It was a composition of a few old guards and a chunk of the under-20 side that conquered the world in Egypt the previous year (2009).

Led by a half-fit Gyan, the team exceeded expectations, upsetting the odds to reach the finals.

It has been ten years since that AFCON final and in remembering that exhilarating game, we dig deep to bring you up to date with the whereabouts of the Ghana’s starting team.

Richard Kingson

Olele was in post for Ghana and was excellent as he had been throughout the tournament.

He retired in 2015 after a brief stint with darling club Great Olympics.

He was handed the goalkeeping training job of the Black Stars but was relieved of his post by the new GFA.

Samuel Inkoom

Inkoom was one of the many youth players in the team and played quite well in the tournament. His performance earned him a place in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

The fullback was banned by FIFA over some agent fees but the ban was lifted in 2019 and allowing him to sign for Bulgarian side Dunav Ruse.

The deal was however terminated in December 2019 and he is currently without a club.

Lee Addy

A versatile defender who played at both centre-back and left back. Addy marketed himself during the tournament and got a big move afterward.

Addy joined South African side Free State Stars in August 2019 but the deal was terminated in December the same year.



Hans Sarpei

Another loyal servant of the Black Stars. The left back retired in 2012 and went into coaching.

He currently resides in Germany and has UEFA License A coaching certificate.

Isaac Vorsah

Vorsah had a terrific final and showed superior defensive skills to keep the Egyptian forwards at bay.

Vorsah was hit with a long injury in 2015 but returned in 2017 to play for Saudi Club SC Ohod.

He left Ohod in 2018 and has been without a club since.

Anthony Annan

The midfielder has become somewhat of a journeyman playing for a host clubs.

Annan now plies his trade in the Finnish league with Inter Turku.

Andre Ayew

One of the few members of the squad who is still enjoying top level football.

The current Black Stars skipper is playing in the English Championship with Swansea City.

Opoku Agyemang

Quite a sad story for the speedster. Since that impressive performance at the AFCON, Opoku’s career has been blighted by injuries, stalling what promised to be a great career. His last played for Levski Sofia in 2012

Kwadwo Asamoah

Arguably his best tournament for Ghana. The then Udinese midfield excelled in his favourite midfield role.

Kwadwo has undergone a positional shift and now plays more as a left back for Italian side Inter Milan.

Agyemang Badu

The scorer of the goal that won Ghana the Youth World Cup was a key cog in that Black Stars team. His powerful runs and drives from deep contributed to Ghana’s journey to the final.

Agyemang is still in Italy where he is on loan at Hella Verona.

Asamoah Gyan

Gyan led the line and scored some important goals for Ghana. He had a couple of chances in the final but unfortunately could not make them count.

Gyan joined Indian side North East United in 2019 and has scored a handful of goals for them.

Bench: Daniel Adjei, John Paintsil, John Mensah, Mousa Narry, Matthew Amoah, Rahim Ayew, Harrison Afful, Haminu Draman, Philemon McCarthy, Eric Addo, Dominic Adiyiah

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