Ghana’s safest hands: Kwame Baah, Richard Attah and Eric Ofori Antwi

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Eric Ofori Antwi --- Medeama
Eric Ofori Antwi --- Medeama

Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s goalkeeper, Kwame Baah, is fast carving a niche for himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the Ghana Premier League after displacing the club’s first choice goalkeeper and captain, Felix Annan, as the preferred choice of head coach, Maxwell Konadu.

Baah, who was impressive with the Black Meteors at the U-23 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt last year, took over the goalkeeping duties from Annan after the latter sought permission to absent himself from the team in order to prepare for his wedding.

After deputising for Annan in the first four matches of the season, 21-year-old Baah kept the post when Kotoko defeated Ebusua Dwarfs 2-0 at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi on January 19 and seized the opportunity to entrench his position as the club’s first choice goalie, manning the post in their last 10  league matches despite the return of Annan.

In the 10 matches played, Baah has kept a clean sheet in five matches and conceded four goals, making him very difficult to be overlooked by Coach Konadu.

His exploits have maintained Kotoko in the top four of the top flight after 14 matches before the suspension of the league due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Other revelation this season is Accra Hearts of Oak’s shot stopper, Richard Attah, who joined the Phobians ahead of the current campaign from Elmina Sharks and quickly took over from Richmond Ayi as the club’s first choice goalie in the fourth week when his side played Ebusua Dwarfs in Accra.

Attah’s impressive performances won him a lot of admirers including the Black Stars coach, Charles Akonnor, who last month rewarded him with a call-up for Ghana’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers against The Sudan which have been put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In 12 league games for the Phobians, Attah conceded eight goals but maintained clean a sheet in four matches, exploits which have helped put Hearts in the ninth position on the league log.

Also coming up strongly is former national goalie, Eric Ofori Antwi ,whose exploits in the posts for Medeama have helped the Tarkwa-based club to put up an impressive performance this season.

Antwi has kept the posts in 13 of 15 matches played by the ‘Yellow and Mauve’ team and conceded eight goals with five clean sheets, a feat which makes him one of the top three goalkeepers in the league which has kept Medeama in the sixth position on the league log.

Kwame Baah

Matches: 10
Win: 5
Draw: 4
Loss: 1

Richard Attah

Matches: 12
Win: 5
Draw: 6
Loss: 1

Eric Ofori Antwi

Matches: 13
Win: 7
Draw: 3
Loss:  3