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Happy Birthday to Ghana’s Amusa Gbadamosi- the “African Pele”

As Ghana celebrate the birthday of one of the finest footballers nation Ghana has ever produced in the person of Amusa Gbadamosi, let us take a closer look at some of the key moments of the onetime footballer who many across the globe have described as “Amusa Pele” simply because his style of play was likened to Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known as Pelé.

He was born on the 15th of April 1942 and started his football career in Bimbilla and join Northern Star which was later named Savanna in 1961.

In 1963 Amusa Gbadamosi moved to Accra Hearts of Oak.

Indeed Amusa Gbadamoshi was a class of his own and many people really wanted to see more of the player they have started calling “Amusa Pele”.

The Ghana Football Federation has selected Amusa Gbadamoshi of Accra Hearts of Oak as the brightest discovery of the season in that year.

The federation said that Amusa’s ability to score classic goals at unexpected moments and securing victory for his side at times contrary to the run of play, makes him a real asset in competitive games.

Many soccer connoisseurs predicted that Amusa’s discovery might counteract the possible loss to the nation when prolific goal-getter in that generation Acquah hangs his boots.

Hearts of Oak were congratulated for discovering Amusa whom, no doubt, would enrich the Black Stars attacking machine in the foreseeable future.

Some football followers at that time describe Amusa Gbadamoshi as phenomenal. He has diluted the likes of Salami of Hearts of Oak and Osei Kofi of Kotoko.

He was one amazing player who have really brighten the future of the league and Ghana soccer.

He is the pioneer of footballers to take flight to join his team mates in an African Cup of Nations in 1965 at Tunisia.

Amusa Gbadamosi was part of Ghana squad that lifted the Africa Cup of Nations trophy after beating Tunisia 3-2 in the final on 21st November, 1965.

Frank Odoi scored a brace with the other goal from Osei Kofi to ensure victory for the Black Stars after extra time at the Stade Chedli Zouiten in Tunis.

This was the second trophy for Ghana after winning the first title in 1963 on home soil.

Gbadamosi is the pioneer of footballers to take flight to join his team mates in that tournament at Tunisia in 1965.

Ghana’s Amusa Gbadamoshi emerged as Ghana’s best player during the Mexico Olympics games in October 1968, with Malik Jabir of Kotoko emerging as Ghana’s top scorer at the games.

The school boy international stars scored 3 goals.

“John Eshun, Joe Dakota and Oliver Acquah were the new found Stars”.

This observation was made by coach Marotzke and coach C. K Gyamfi of Ghana.

Indeed, that was the verdict. Amusa Gbadamoshi have beaten all the great Stars of the tournament to became a true revelation in Mexico.

According to report, Amusa played so amazingly that many of the Mexicans just wanted to have a glimpse of him anywhere he went.

Coach Marotzke was so delighted about the magical play of Amusa, the man they called “Ghana Pele” that he elected him the best player Ghana has ever produced.

Now it seems the comparison between Amusa Gbadamoshi of Hearts of Oak and Osei Kofi of Kumasi Asante Kotoko concerning who was the best player has come to an end because Mexico has decided.

Many who watched both players play confessed that both players were all very talented indeed.

Amusa joined Asante Kotoko in 1970 and later moved back to Hearts of Oak in 1971.

Apart from football he was also a teacher and thought a lot of students who later became prominent people not only in Ghana but the world as a whole including Dr Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

Source: Mohammed Mutaka/diamondfmonline.com/ Ghana

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