By: Sheikh Tophic Sienu @desheikh1 on twitter
Most coaches, players, administrators and journalists have agreed that the 2014/15 league season has been one of the most competitive in the history of Ghana football with most clubs struggling to escape relegation in the last round of matches.
Coaches as well as players exhibited great quality in the just ended league with various players catching the eye of many clubs.
The scouting eye of GHANAsoccernet.com moved around while the league was in session and the number of ‘Most Wanted’ players has increased considerably and looks very encouraging for the development of our game.
Checks have revealed that newcomers West Africa Football Academy (WAFA) will be the greatest victims of the local transfer as close to eight of their players are on the wanted list of Accra Hearts of Oak, Asante Kotoko, AshantiGold and Aduana Stars.
The Sogakope lads are however sure of compensating themselves with enough cash in return as the players move on. Below is a list of the ‘Most Wanted’ players in the local transfer window opens:
The Inter Allies center back has been in the books of the two biggest clubs in the country, Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, as well as catching the attention of coach Bashiru Hayford of champions AshantiGold.
Latest information gathering from the camp of the Tema based side indicates that runners up in the just ended league Aduana Stars have also joined the fray.
Sources close to the harbour boys have told GHANAsoccernet.com that all the four teams mentioned above have officially made their intentions clear about the defender and the decision now lie in the bosom of the player to make a choice.
Baba, 22, has been the busiest center back this season after he played 25 matches for Inter Allies scoring three goals in the process. He was with the national U23 team throughout the 20165 Olympic Games qualifiers as well as the qualifiers for the All African Games and the competition itself. He is currently with the Local Black Stars in Obuasi.
The tough-tackling player who also fits very well in defensive midfield as well as adapting to the three back system as he was used to in the season with Inter Allies is sure not to continue his stay with the 2014 FA Cup finalists as he tops the list of the ‘Most Wanted’ players in the local transfer.
2. Abdul Latif Anabilah (New Edubiase)
The New Edubiase midfielder is one of the greatest discoveries of the season who took the league by storm. He played a very key role in guiding the Bekwai based side from escaping relegation.
Memories of the midfielder comes into mind after his awesome strike from the center won the day for the Yenko Nkoaa lads in the game against Accra Hearts of Oak at the Obuasi Len Clay Stadium.
Anabilah, 20, is on the wanted list of both Accra Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko with AshantiGold intensifying the competition for his signature by making a latest bid.
Sources closer to New Edubiase have admitted that Asante Kotoko head coach David Duncan has called the player as well as officials of the club to express his interest in securing the signature of the Ballack-like midfielder.
Anabilah caught the eye of the technical handlers of the national U23 side and was part of the team that represented Ghana at the All African Games in Congo-Brazzaville but got injured in our first game with Senegal.
Another discovery in the league pulling all the strings in the transfer market is Medeama SC midfielder Kwasi Donsu.
The 2015 FA Cup Most Valuable Player captured the headlines in the second round of the league with his magnificent moves in the midfield for the Yellow and Mauves and climaxed it with his dazzling performance in the FA Cup capping it with the top scorer award.
Even though Hearts of Oak are yet to name a substantive coach, Kwasi Donsu is top of their list but the Medeama star hopes to land a foreign deal, making the local transfer a second choice.
Medeama sources have hinted that Asante Kotoko have also made a bid for the midfielder with some management members speaking to the player who is currently with the Local Black Stars in Obuasi.
The Porcupine Warriors and the Phobians are making the transfer competition keener as both clubs have made bids for almost all the most wanted players in the league.
WAFA alone have eight players in the most wanted list of players in the local league, with Gideon Waja, Majeed Ashmeru, Caleb Amankwah and a couple of others all making the list, but Zakaria Mumuni broke into the first five.
Zakaria, 20, led the ‘Kings of the AstroTurf’ to eleventh on the league table as debutants scoring eight goals in the process.
The midfielder who performs his duty just like Willian of Chelsea stormed the midfield with his able leadership and offensive moves to sweep aside most of the giants in the league.
The WAFA captain caught the attention of Asante Kotoko gaffer David Duncan and the Porcupine Warriors have officially made a bid for the youngster.
This time, Kotoko was first to make the bid before arch rivals Accra Hearts of Oak joined the race but the academy boy looks set to join the reds.
The spectacular finish by Kofi Owusu in the league saw Berekum Chelsea finishing 3rd on the league as he personally outdistanced himself from Nathaniel Asamoah to win the goal king with 19 goals.
Kofi Owusu is surely a target for many big clubs on the continent as well as in the local league.
The talented goal scorer is seriously being chased by both Kotoko and Hearts as they attempt to end their goal scoring challenges.
Asante Kotoko struggled through the season without a potent attacker as their two best strikers could together score only 16 goals, three less of what Kofi Owusu Alone scored.
Accra Hearts of Oak suffered a similar fate after Gilbert Fiamenyo failed to score in the second round while Togolese international Foovi Aguidi managed only five goals.
The two rivals are renewing their rivalry as both chase the signature of Kofi Owusu, the 2014/15 goal king of the FCPPL.