Thursday, 18 May 2017 20:15

Eric Ayiah: Ghana’s new-found scoring sensation

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It may be early days but it seems Ghana have unearthed another scoring sensation with the stellar display of Eric Ayiah so far at the Total U-17 African Cup of Nations Gabon 2017.

Ayiah has scored an impressive five goals in two matches after grabbing a hat trick in Black Starlets’   4-0 win against Cameroon last Sunday as well as a brace in the 5-0 defeat of Gabon on Wednesday.

“Football is not only about scoring goals, it is also winning and I’m happy that we are winning our matches here in Gabon,” Ayiah, who doubles as captain for Black Starlets told CAFOnline.com

He continued: “I feel so good about the goals I have scored so far in this competition   but I want to thank my teammates for the support because this is all about team’s   effort.”

In front of the goal post, Ayiah is cool, calm and collected but the Charity FC of Ghana striker said his game has gone under a lot of transformation under the guidance of coach Samuel Fabian who is seen like a father figure by these Ghanaian youngsters.

“I have learned so much from our coach (Samuel Fabian) because in the beginning, I was not doing well but he told me to always calm down especially when I’m in front of the goals and I’m happy everything is working well now,” explained Ayiah, who wears shirt No.6 even as a striker.

 

“I’m a striker but I love the No. 6 jersey because I was born on March 6, 2000 and it is also the Independence Day of Ghana, that’s why I love the No.6” 

Ayiah is not different from many aspiring footballers who wishes to follow on   the footsteps of their idols and there was so much enthusiasm on his face as he revealed his two favourites. 

“I love strikers and my favourites are Ronaldo of Portugal and Real Madrid; and Asamoah Gyan of Black Stars,” noted Ayiah who is the 6th and last born in a family with five other children. “I like Ronaldo because of his seriousness on the field, he always wants to score and win; and I like Gyan for his fighting spirit and because he is the captain of our national team, Black Stars.”

As the captain of the Black Starlets, Ayiah is leading by example with his goals partly the reason why Ghana have qualified for the semi-final stage of the Total U-17 AFCON as well as securing one of the   continent’s available four tickets to the forthcoming FIFA U-17 Wold Cup to be hosted in India later this year.

“I’m so happy with our victory against Gabon because it has taken us to the semi-final and the Wold Cup,” he stressed. “It was difficult initially with the crowd cheering on Gabon but coach told us to calm down and we communicated that to ourselves and we got the energy to win.” 

After signing off from Port Gentil with two wins in as many matches, Ayiah sounded so confidence about the upcoming last Group A match between Ghana and Guinea on Saturday at the Stade de l’Amitie in Libreville, saying the Black Starlets want to keep their winning streak.

“No match is easy but I’m sure we can also beat Guinea; and that is what we are going to do,” added, Ayiah who says his staying power is prayers and Ghanaian staple food, Fufu with palm nut soup.  

 

Credit: CAFonline.com

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2014/15 Ghanaian Premier League Table

TEAMS PLD GD PTS
Asante Kotoko 0 0 0
Heart of Lions 0 0 0
Hearts of Oak 0 0 0
Wa All Stars 0 0 0
Sekondi Hasaacas 0 0 0
New Edubiase United 0 0 0
Bechem United 0 0 0
Inter Allies 0 0 0
AshGold SC 0 0 0
BA Stars
0 0 0
Berekum Chelsea
0 0 0
Liberty Professionals 0 0 0
Medeama Sc 0  0 0
Aduana Stars
0 0 0
WAFA
0 0 0
Gt. Olympics
0   0
0
  TEAMS
  PLD
  GD
  PTS
 
  Asante Kotoko  
  30  
  25  
  63  
 
  Ashante Ashgold  
  30  
  2  
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Player Goals
Augustine Okran - Bechem United 12
Seidu Bansey - Asante Kotoko 10
Paul De Valries Asare - All Stars 9
Emmanuel Osei - AshGold  8
Emmanuel Osei - AshGold SC 7
Richard  Yamoah - Hasaacas 7
Samuel Afful - Hasaacas 7
Winful Cobbinah - Hearts of Oak 5
Emmanuel Hayford - Hearts of Oak 5
   
   
   
   
   
   
Matchday 1 Fixtures
Aduana  vs  Asante Kotoko
Hasaacas  vs Liberty
BA United   vs
Bechem United
Heart of Lions

 vs

New Edubiase
Inter Allies  vs Medeama 

All Stars

 vs Berekum Chelsea

Hearts of Oak 

 

AshantiGold

 vs

 

vs 

WAFA

 

Gt. Olympics

 

 

Matchday 1 Results

Heart of Lions 

 0-0   New Edubiase        
Aduana   0-0 Asante Kotoko

Hasaacas

0-0 Liberty

BA United

 0-0

Bechem United

Inter Allies

 0-0 Medeama

 Wa All Stars

 0-0 Berekum Chelsea

Hearts of Oak

 0-0 WAFA
 AshantiGold  0-0  Gt. Olympics
.
TEAMS PLD GD PTS
 Asante Kotoko  30  25  63
 Ashante Ashgold  30  2  49
 Accra Hearts of Oak  30  11  47
 Medeama SC
 30  8  46
 Edubiase FC
 30  0  46
 Aduana Stars  30  9  45
 Berekum Chelsea  30  7  45
 Liberty Professionals  30  8  42
 Wa All Stars  30  0  42
 Ebusua Dwarfs  30  -3  36
 Tema Youth  30  -1  35
 Heart of Lions  30  -9  33
 Arsenals  30  -15  30
 Wassaman United  30  -16  29
 Bechem United  30  -17  29
 Tudu Mighty Jets  30  -9  28
.
  TEAMS
  PLD
  GD
  PTS
 
  Asante Kotoko  
  30  
  25  
  63  
 
  Ashante Ashgold  
  30  
  2  
  49  
 
  Accra Hearts Of Oak  
  30  
  11  
  47  
 
  Medeama SC  
  30  
  8  
  46  
 
  Edubiase FC  
  30  
  0  
  46  
 
  Aduana Stars  
  30  
  9  
  45  
 
  Berekum Chelsea  
  30  
  7  
  45  
 
  Liberty Professionals  
  30  
  8  
  42  
 
  Wa All Stars  
  30  
  0  
  42  
 
  Abusua Dwarfs  
  30  
  -3  
  36  
 
  Tema Youth  
  30  
  -1  
  35  
 
  Heart Of Lions  
  30  
  -9  
  33  
 
  Arsenals  
  30  
  -15  
  30  
 
  Wassaman United  
  30  
  -16  
  29  
 
  Bechem United  
  30  
  -17  
  29  
 
  Tudu Mighty Jets  
  30  
  -9  
  28  

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