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Ebenezer Afriyle Acquah

I found this player when searching through some Italian teams and noticed he wasn't on the data base.

Source info UEFA

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Name: Ebenezer Afriyle Acquah

Position: Midfield

Date of birth (age): 05/01/1992 (19)

Country: Ghana

Club: Palermo ( ITA)

squad number 94

He has so far played 2 substitute appearances .

MATCH LOG

Date Competition Phase Mins G A

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 (L) Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 (L) Palermo 14 0 0

The home team is listed first.

Couldn't find out too much about him but got this from wiki ,

wiki is not always the greatest source info:

Career

Acquah began his career in the youth of Young Goldfields[3] and signed in 2005 for the Glentoran Academy[4] who was 2007 to the first team[5]. After one year on seniorside for Glentoran Academy signed in September 2008 for Mine Stars who earned his first senior caps. In Summer 2009 signed than for Bechem United[6], but in September 2009 signed for D.C. United. On 01 February 2010 Palermo signed the Ghanaian midfielder from D.C. United[7].

After spending about a year with the under-19 squad, Acquah was included into the first team in July 2010 and made his Serie A debut on 13 February 2011, replacing Giulio Migliaccio in a home game against Fiorentina, ended in a 2–4 loss for his side.

I have asked for him to be added to database.

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Ebenezer Afriyle Acquah

I found this player when searching through some Italian teams and noticed he wasn't on the data base.

Source info UEFA

250021618.jpg

Name: Ebenezer Afriyle Acquah

Position: Midfield

Date of birth (age): 05/01/1992 (19)

Country: Ghana

Club: Palermo ( ITA)

squad number 94

He has so far played 2 substitute appearances .

MATCH LOG

Date Competition Phase Mins G A

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 (L) Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 (L) Palermo 14 0 0

The home team is listed first.

Couldn't find out too much about him but got this from wiki ' date='

wiki is not always the greatest source info:

Career

Acquah began his career in the youth of Young Goldfields[3'] and signed in 2005 for the Glentoran Academy[4] who was 2007 to the first team[5]. After one year on seniorside for Glentoran Academy signed in September 2008 for Mine Stars who earned his first senior caps. In Summer 2009 signed than for Bechem United[6], but in September 2009 signed for D.C. United. On 01 February 2010 Palermo signed the Ghanaian midfielder from D.C. United[7].

After spending about a year with the under-19 squad, Acquah was included into the first team in July 2010 and made his Serie A debut on 13 February 2011, replacing Giulio Migliaccio in a home game against Fiorentina, ended in a 2–4 loss for his side.

Nice find! With the name Ebenezer, can we nickname him Scrooge?

I hope that catches on. B)

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The young guy got another 27 minutes in the 7-0 mauling by Udinese

that takes him up to 3 appearances and 99 minutes total so far all in the last two weeks ish.

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 (L) Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 (L) Palermo 14 0 0

27.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 0-7 (L) Udinese 27 0 0

I have applied to get him on data base

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The young guy got another 27 minutes in the 7-0 mauling by Udinese

that takes him up to 3 appearances and 99 minutes total so far all in the last two weeks ish.

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 (L) Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 (L) Palermo 14 0 0

27.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 0-7 (L) Udinese 27 0 0

I have applied to get him on data base

I'm afraid he won't be accepted until he has played 450 minutes of first-team football.

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I'm afraid he won't be accepted until he has played 450 minutes of first-team football.

Well he is on his way to itt now :)

I have saw a few recently who have been added with just over 180 minutes football and one who has yet to kick a ball in senior football so I wouldn't be surprised if he gets added earlier than 450 minutes.

I can find you an example if you want give me a sec to find the info .

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Example added in last week or so .

Lalkovic, Milan Chelsea youngster.

Came through the academy at chelsea and has played loads of reserves games but has yet to kick a ball in the premier .

He did score the winner against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup but no 450 minutes of football here .

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Example added in last week or so .

Lalkovic' date=' Milan Chelsea youngster.

Came through the academy at chelsea and has in thplayed loads of reserves games but has yet to kick a ball e premier .

He did score the winner against Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup but no 450 minutes of football here .[/quote']

Funnily enough i was talking about Lalkovic ealier on the chelsea , thread.

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Re: Afriyle Acquah (Ghanian at Palermo)

Played another 14 minutes in the 2-0 defeat by Lazio.

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 Palermo 14 0 0

27.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 0-7 Udinese 27 0 0

06.03.2011 Italian Serie A Lazio 2-0 Palermo 14 0 0

Got added to the database today at 75 :)

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Played another 14 minutes in the 2-0 defeat by Lazio.

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 Palermo 14 0 0

27.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 0-7 Udinese 27 0 0

06.03.2011 Italian Serie A Lazio 2-0 Palermo 14 0 0

Got added to the database today at 75 :)

He's been on the database since at least last Friday, as far as I know.

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Ebeneezer got another 21 minutes in the game against Milan which Palermo won 1-0 could have scored a memorable goal when Palermo were 2 on 1 in the dying minutes but he put his shot just wide, looks really pacey but still a bit raw..Thats 5 subbie appearances so far and the first game he has been involved in that Palermo have not lost.

MATCH LOG

Date Competition Home Away Mins G A

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 Palermo 14 0 0

27.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 0-7 Udinese 27 0 0

06.03.2011 Italian Serie A Lazio 2-0 Palermo 14 0 0

19.03.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 1-0 Milan 21 0 0

Last updated: 20/03/2011 11:48 CET

This wee guy looks good and if he keeps getting some minutes will rise from his database rating of 75 when the next changes come around as he looks more and more confident every time he plays.

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how good is this player????
are you stupid' date=' read the previous posts and use your own inteligence. seriously people have provided all the info for you and you are still asking for more?

ridiculous.[/quote']

I will keep posting reports as he plays did you not wtach teh Milan game he had a good run out and looks to be a good player in the making.

Here is a report from Ghana Web about the life story of Afriyle Acquah it is an interesting read although I do think they over exaggerate a bit .

Source:

http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/SportsArchive/artikel.php?ID=205458

Ghanaian Sensation Afriyie Acquah To Emulate Lionel Messi

Exclusive: Palermo's Teenage Ghanaian Sensation Afriyie Acquah Tipped To Emulate Lionel Messi As A Future Ballon d'Or Winner

Goal.com brings you the remarkable story of Afriyie Acquah who reached Serie A via Belfast's Glentoran FC...

Belfast is justifiably proud of its famous football sons; Danny Blanchflower, George Best, Norman Whiteside and Afriyie Acquah.

You may not have heard of the last one. Palermo's new teenage Ghanaian star Afriyie Acquah took the path less travelled to Sicily via Glentoran FC in Belfast's east side. While Acquah grew up in Sunyani, it was his stint in Northern Ireland back in 2007 with Glentoran that set him on his way to a dream career in Serie A.

Following Forsythe's Footsteps

It's a story that's never been told before but in order to find out how Acquah made this extraordinary journey we need to go back further. The talented 18-year old midfielder was following in the footsteps of his compatriot Christopher Forsythe who moved to Belfast in his teens some years earlier. He quickly became a fan of his adopted club - Glentoran FC.

Football historians will recall that Glentoran were the first side to ever be knocked out of European competition on the away goals rule back in 1967. Not by just any side but the mighty Benfica who drew 1-1 at The Oval in Belfast, courtesy of a late Eusebio strike, while the return leg finished scoreless in Portugal.

The same Benfica side went onto reach the European Cup final later in the competition where a certain George Best helped Manchester United win 4-1 at Wembley.

Forsythe was hooked on the beautiful game and when he returned home he set up the Glentoran Football Academy Ghana in 2005. Acquah's talent was first spotted here as he trained with 25 other youngsters.

| Afriyie Acquah pictured with a Glentoran team-mate during his time in Belfast in 2007

Sam Robinson, of the Glentoran Community Trust, told Goal.com in Belfast, "The project was designed to get kids off the streets. We had no funding to speak of so the club sent kits and footballs over to Sunyani where Christopher was working very hard to get the academy off the ground.

"At a local level in Belfast the response was amazing as people here sponsored individual players. Acquah was sponsored by a guy called Gavin Campbell, who is half-Italian, so it must have been fate that he was signed by a Serie A club," quipped Mr Robinson.

Excelling In Belfast

The Glentoran Academy in Ghana was a resounding success with over 100 players of both sexes benefiting from the coaching provided by Glentoran. Their outstanding graduate, Afriyie Acquah, was rewarded with a trip to Belfast to train with the Glentoran senior team in late 2007.

"When Afriyie arrived the first thing he said was 'I just want to see football not Belfast.' He was here for a fortnight and his talent was immediately apparent," said Sam Robinson.

"He was only 15 at the time and quite a wiry lad compared to his build today. Afriyie had such a great touch, lovely passer of the ball and you could tell how easy it came to him after years of playing on rough uneven terrain in Ghana.

"To be honest he floored a few of our senior players with his ability. Our chief scout Billy Spence said he was the brightest star to wear a Glentoran shirt," added Mr Robinson.

ACQUAH FACTFILE

Age 18

Club Palermo

Contract 2014

Position Midfielder

Nation Ghana

A teenage Acquah and Sam Robinson struck up a friendship and the two remain in close contact. When Acquah inked his recent four-year deal with Palermo one of his first phone calls was to Robinson to share the good news.

After a fortnight in Belfast the midfielder returned to Ghana and was reunited with his mentor Christopher Forsythe who told Goal.com that the academy's star pupil was the same as ever.

"Acquah was sharing his usual jokes with his peers. His whole life has been about football and the zeal to make it to the highest stage in the game."

Mr Forsythe added, "I remember on his first day training with the Glentoran first team all the players were amazed with his pace. Their head coach Alan McDonald said this lad has got all the qualities to become a great star in the not too distant future.

"Acquah was very serious in his chosen career and therefore I threw every dime that I had to make sure he is able to make it to the highest level."

Destination Serie A

Forsythe's investment in Acquah paid off when he moved from local club D.C. United to Palermo, making his Serie A debut in February this year against Fiorentina. The Glentoran Academy in Ghana was bought by the Sillsport Group last year and, with Forsythe still at the helm, continues to give an opportunity to kids who want to gain professional coaching.

"His success story has been a great lesson to the children at the Sillsport Football Academy. Acquah is an inspiration to the young lads at the academy and they all want to emulate him and become stars of the future," Mr Forsythe told Goal.com.

The links between the academy and Glentoran remain with the club shipping over a 24 seat minibus to Sunyani. However, some minor alterations had to be made first as Sam Robinson explains.

"When we took delivery of the bus it was blue and as anybody knows Glentoran's greatest rivals are Linfield who wear blue! Before we shipped it over there we painted it in the Glentoran colours of red, green and black!"

STAR IN THE MAKING

“Acquah will become one of the Messis, Xavis or Iniestas in no distant time.” - Christopher Forsythe

Now aged 18 and breaking into a Palermo first team featuring stars such as Fabrizio Miccoli, Josip Ilicic and the prodigious Javier Pastore, Acquah stands on the cusp of a glittering professional career.

Although Glentoran facilitated his development they won't receive a penny of any future transfers.

The club almost went out of business in 2010 before a mystery benefactor came forward recently with a £450,000 donation on condition of anonymity.

Naturally, the Northern Irish outfit are hugely proud of their role in Acquah's success story.

"Glentoran wanted to help kids in Ghana. It was a totally humanitarian thing and we know how grateful Acquah is for the support he received.

He was keen to come on loan with us before he got into the Palermo first team. We are great friends cheering him on from Belfast," said Sam Robinson.

Acquah's mentor Christopher Forsythe believes his star pupil can go even further. Having broken into the Ghana Under-17 team in 2007. He said, "The sky is the limit.

"As I told him, within the next two years he will be donning the jersey of the Black Stars and vying for the African Footballer of the Year award and the Ballon d'Or in five years time.

"I am hopeful that Acquah will become one of the Messi's, Xavis's, Iniesta's, Essien's in no distant time as he has got all the qualities to emulate them," added Mr Forsythe.

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Ebeneezer started his first game playing a full 90 minutes which significantly adds to his minutes from his previous 5 starts .If he keeps getting minutes like this we will see a great rise as the Italian changes will not be done for a while again.

Great to see a player you scouted /got added to the database do so well so early in his career .Long may the minutes continue as this guy is improving in confidence with every one of them ,I think if he gets a goal he will get a great boost he has nearly scored against Milan and against Cesena who had a few dodgy sendings off but I reckon the new coach thinks he is ok as he started him ahead of Abel Hernandez and substituted Micoli in the 59th mninute to bring on Hernandez leaving Afriyle Acquah to get his first full 90 minutes under his belt.

MATCH LOG

Date Competition Phase Mins G A

The home team is listed first. Last updated: 11/04/2011 03:12 CET

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 Palermo 14 0 0

27.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 0-7 Udinese 27 0 0

06.03.2011 Italian Serie A Lazio 2-0 Palermo 14 0 0

19.03.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 1-0 Milan 21 0 0

10.04.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-2 Cesena 90 0 0

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Acquah played a full 90 minutes in the Coppa Italia against AC Milan in the first leg 2-2 draw.

That is 258 minutes in the league and 90 minutes in the cup so far.

At 75 rated the guy is a steal as he looks to be improving with every game and if things keep going like this he will get a healthy rise.

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MATCH LOG

Date Competition Phase Mins G A

The home team is listed first. Last updated: 02/05/2011 06:52 CET

13.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-4 Fiorentina 58 0 0

19.02.2011 Italian Serie A Bologna 1-0 Palermo 14 0 0

27.02.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 0-7 Udinese 27 0 0

06.03.2011 Italian Serie A Lazio 2-0 Palermo 14 0 0

19.03.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 1-0 Milan 21 0 0

10.04.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-2 Cesena 90 0 0

16.04.2011 Italian Serie A Roma 2-3 Palermo 27 0 0

20.04.2011 Italian Cup Semi-finals Milan 2-2 Palermo 90 0 0

23.04.2011 Italian Serie A Palermo 2-1 Napoli 12 0 0

01.05.2011 Italian Serie A Parma 3-1 Palermo 45 0 0

Add to this another start and 90 minutes in the 2-1 win over Bari today.

Makes 398 minutes SERIA A +90 mins in copa Italia=488 minutes total.

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Played another 34 minutes in the Copa-semi where are Palermo overturned the decimate and are through to the final.

great game won bu plaermo 4-3 on agg.

Decimate! Wild game that must have been. You meant deficit of course. I'm not correcting out of pedantry, just because it took me a couple of seconds to work out what you meant. Thanks for the info, i'll try to catch the highlights somewhere.

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Decimate! Wild game that must have been. You meant deficit of course. I'm not correcting out of pedantry' date=' just because it took me a couple of seconds to work out what you meant. Thanks for the info, i'll try to catch the highlights somewhere.[/quote']

drinkun early morning reports can have a wee mistake lol.

the Match summary is here:

http://www.uefa.com/memberassociations/association=ita/news/newsid=1629669.html

Lets hope Afriyle goes on to make an appearance in the final ,what a time for his first goal that would be .

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