Asante Kotoko’s new recruit has fans excited at the prospect of a top-class midfield dynamo running the show in Kumasi.
The 23-year-old joined the most successful club in Ghana on a three-year deal after passing a mandatory medical test yesterday.
Anabila is rated as one of the best midfielders in the Ghana Premier League following his exploits with New Edubiase and Ashantigold.
The former Club Africaine midfielder is a highly accomplished ball-winner who blends intelligence, physicality, smart positioning and his reading of the game to allow him to snuff out opposition attacks.
The lanky midfielder isn’t afraid of doing the dirty work on the ground and he’s also formidable in the air. The 23-year-old’s defensive and offensive excellence is likely to lend more balance to the Asante Kotoko engine-room and, as we’ll discuss next, present a host of possibilities for the Maxwell Konadu.
Anabila’s flexibility and tactical intelligence mean that he can be deployed in a variety of systems. He would seamlessly slot in alongside Adom Frimpong or Mudasiru Salifu to form a double pivot after becoming well-accustomed to operating as one of two central midfielders in a 4-4-2. He also has the ball-playing capabilities and intelligence to roam higher up the pitch or cause damage in the final third as a box-to-box ball-player in a midfield trio.
He is by no means strictly a defensive midfielder. The Black Stars B man is a graceful and powerful ball-carrier who is able to glide forward in possession and spark attacks and transitions. This might be an almighty weapon for an Asante Kotoko side that already thrives in counter-attacking scenarios.
Anabila averaged 62 passes per game in Ashantigold’s 2019 Confederation Cup run, an impressive statistic given how Ashgold’s stubborn side often ceded possession to the opposition and sprung attacks on the counter.
Abdul Latif Anabila brings a wealth of experience to the Kotoko setup.
In Anabila, Asante Kotoko might finally have found what they’ve been looking for after failing to land Justice Blay who excel in his position last term.