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FEATURE: Why Emmanuel Keyekeh Could Be A Gift To Asante Kotoko

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It has been a period of transition in many areas at Asante Kotoko SC. From the hierarchy to the management, all the way through the playing staff, there have been many comings and many goings at the club- but two notable movements include the arrival of Nana Yaw Amponsah as the Chief Executive Officer of the club and the departure of George Amoako.

With the playing staff, Matthew Kelvin Andoh, Richard Arthur, Augustine Sefa, Douglas Owusu Ansah and Abass Mohammed have been released and the likes of Emmanuel Sarkodie, Kwame Opoku, Mubarik Yusif have been signed on to strengthen the depth of Maxwell Konadu’s squad.

They aren’t done though!  The Porcupine Warriors announced the capture of Karela FC midfielder Emmanuel Keyekeh after the player passed medical on Wednesday.

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The 22-year-old arrives at the club following a spell in Anyinase which saw him emerge as the finest to strut their stuff down the CAM Park midfield since their promotion into the Ghanaian topflight division.

The immense goalscoring exploits of his teammates often grabbed the headlines, but the platform from which they could achieve greatness was one crafted and assembled and revolutionised by the midfielder. He left his mark on the club in three long, but spellbindingly sweet seasons that brought with it levels of success that has since become to the norm in the country.

However, what can fans realistically expect from the midfielder? Let’s break it down, shall we?

Emmanuel Keyekeh is one of a kind. His style of play is graceful, he reads the game beautifully, and his lanky frame only works to enhance his outstanding talent and make him even more impossible to catch with the ball at his feet. With a formidable attack comprising; William Opoku Mensah, Charles Diawisie Taylor and Solomon Sarfo Taylor, it would not have flowed as smoothly without the engineering work of Keyekeh.

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His contributions elevating the club into previously unknown heights. He didn’t score goals at the same rate as the aforementioned players, but yes, he did everything else. Except play in goal. For while the aforementioned players scored, Keyekeh just beat them. He wore them down. He sucked the life out of them.

His teammates laid the final straws that broke down the opposition, but the key was the million other straws that Keyekeh had laid underneath. The hundreds of tackles, passes, drops of the shoulder and headed clearances that sapped the life out of the opposition, and allowed his team to go on and win games. When you watch Emmanuel Keyekeh play, you will surely love him.

Possessing an appreciable height and with an unusually neat technique for a player of his age, he is regarded as one of the best volantes in the country. His arrival at the club could be the reason why the Porcupine Warriors are dragging their feet with the acquisition of Justice Blay.

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Keyekeh’s an edge of your seat footballer who you’d genuinely pay to watch even if he’s half-fit and can only muster a 15-minute cameo. His variation, unpredictability and immense ball-manipulation make him one of the most press-resistant and creative players around – assists don’t define creativity – while he’s able to penetrate defensive lines at will with crisp and perfectly weighted vertical passes as well as graceful but equally powerful driving runs.

Whether Konadu deploys a 4-3-1-2 or 4-3-3, the man at the base of the midfield is crucial to the side as the player who dictates the tempo of the game- in Keyekeh, the gaffer has one of the best in the business.

Given Keyekeh’s tactical intelligence and work rate, there is no reason to doubt that he may enjoy a successful future at the club.

 By: Godfred Budu Yeboah

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