Tag: ghana

The voodoo magic of Robert Mensah

Strikers get all the plaudits, but without those men between the sticks you simply can’t have a good team. Like firemen, they do the opposite of what many would do; they charge into…

Nii Lamptey: the next Pelé whose life descended into turmoil

The name Pelé generally conjures a sense of wonderment – images of goalscoring exploits and breathtaking skill that rival even the greats of footballing history. For Nii Odartey Lamptey, it conjures an aching…

How heroism and heartache shaped Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan

Ghana has come to the end of its own golden era in football. Over the past two decades, they’ve boasted world-class players and been guided by well-known managers, and Asamoah Gyan represents…

Michael Essien: the most complete Ghanaian export of all

Illustration by Federico Manasse The goals, the power, the engine; all done with that unmistakable beaming smile on his face for club and country. Few players are eulogised about fondly across supporter partisanships,…

The story of David Accam and the Nike Academy

THE PRINCIPLE OF OCCAM’S RAZOR states that “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily” and is popularly interpreted as suggesting that among competing hypotheses the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected.…