Ghana defender Gideon Baah is in all praise to his former Club Asante Kotoko after indicating the Porcupine Warriors played a crucial role in his success as a footballer.
Baah hit the limelight in Ghana football after emerging as winner of the MTN Soccer Academy reality show in 2007
The 23-year-old with the huge platform got the opportunity to train with English Club Chelsea before returning to join local side Zetuna FC.
His huge contribution as the captain of the former Premier League side (Zetuna) eventually earned him a mouthwatering deal to join Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko.
The left-back eventually earned himself a first professional contract when he joined Finnish Club FC Honka after a successful spell with the Porcupine Warriors.
His stint with Honka was cut short after two seasons with the Club following his outstanding performance in the Finnish top flight when gave Champions HJK Helsiki no option than to sign the talented defender.
No wonder there was speculation about the possibility of the player joining European Champions Barcelona after a stellar three season at Helsinki.
He eventually ended up signing for Major League Soccer side New York Red Bulls.
The ex-Ghana U20 defender has hailed his former Club Asante Kotoko for playing a vital role in his career.
“With all the offers that I had at that time [after returning from England], Asante Kotoko was the biggest team,” Baah told The Guardian.
“As a kid, I relished the chance to play for Kotoko. At that time, I also had offers from South Africa which I declined after advice from my father.
“Kotoko is a big club. They play with a minimum capacity of 20,000 or 30,000. People in Kumasi love football. I am happy to have played in that club because they made me who I am now,” he added.
Baah however missed out in Avram Grant’s 23-man squad for the Black Stars upcoming Africa Cuup of Nations qualifier against Mozambique on March 24.
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By: Berko Richard