Meet Sadiq, a budding football talent
Football is a complex animal. More than just a game, it has become a way of life all over the world. In Ghana, like many other places, it’s a way out of poverty for many youngsters. In Tamale, Ghana’s northern regional capital, football seems to be an educational program sewn to the fabric of life.
The ability to play football abounds in our country. There is so much talent. There are those who are lucky to make it and others aren’t so lucky. In this piece, I focus on Alhassan Sadiq, one such talented player whose feet should be earning him a fortune by now. It’s just a matter of time.
The hotbed that is colts football thrust Sadiq forth, like many others. He took his first few steps at Young Meteors FC, a colts club in Tamale, starring from U-5 all the way to U-17. Even at that young age, Sadiq earned a reputation for being a “no nonsense” midfield anchorman.
If colts was a nursery, a farmland beckoned in lower divisions football. Sadiq made the leap to division 2 with Shakur FC for a season. In the off season, Black Stars player Baba Rahman came to Tamale on holiday and met with his old friend. Baba urged him to continue his trade at Dreams FC, also a division 2 side, in Accra. He starred for Dreams for 2 seasons and the big boys would take notice.
Renowned local coach Didi Dramani signed him at Asante Kotoko SC. However, playing time would prove difficult and this necessitated a mainstay in the reserves, with cameo features for the first team in FA Cup games and friendlies. At the turn of the second round, coach Didi wanted his young star to have premiership experience and loaned him out to coach Tanko’s Amidaus Professionals. At Amidaus, Sadiq appeared prominently for the remainder of the season. The club wanted him to stay but a higher call came and he was on the move.
He signed for Wa All Stars and trained under coach Jimie Cobla briefly. Along the way the club hired coach Amos Adipa, under whose tutelage they won the 2015-16 league title. In the penultimate game of the season against Aduana Stars, in a title-winning match, Wa All Stars won a penalty in the dying embers. Up stepped Sadiq to convert and seal the title. He was the only player to have played all 30 games in the course of the season. They went on to beat Bechem United, FA Cup winners, in the Super Cup preceding the following season. The game took place at the Aliu Mahama Sports Stadium in his hometown Tamale. Currently though, he plays for Premier League side Karela FC.
It’s worth a mention that Sadiq has had a stint in a national team. Coach Malik Jabir invited him to the Black Meteors, Ghana’s Olympic team, that failed to qualify for the games in Rio in 2016. They would however take part in the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville in the same year.
Sadiq’s potential is being praised by all who see him play. But it’s not the praise he needs; it’s an opportunity to show patrons the other side of the iceberg. Aside being a defensive midfielder, he’s able to operate in multiple roles. His journey to the top has been predicted by many and it’ll happen in due time.
In our part of the world, perhaps more than anything else, one thing that stands between gifted players and a successful career is the platform or opportunity to showcase what they’ve got. Sadiq needs that chance to reach heights and write his story. As a football writer worth your keypad, you don’t just write about anybody. You write about someone who deserves every word you spill. Sadiq surely does, no doubt.
Yours in the beautiful game