Its match day seven (7) of the Ghana Premier League as the most successful football club in Ghana, Kumasi Asante Kotoko hosts the academy boys from Sogakape.
The trio, Awal, Akuffo and Annan joined Asante Kotoko from Feyernoord (now WAFA) during the 2010/11 season after leaving boyhood club Feteh Feyernoord when Maxwell Konadu took over Kotoko. Awal Mohammed and Michael Akuffo joined the senior side while Felix Annan formed part of the youth side.
“Matches between these two sides are beautiful to watch. WAFA trained players are disciplined and very talented; they mostly join Asante Kotoko and are always successful. Currently three graduates of WAFA are with Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC namely Mohammed Awal, Michael Akuffo and Van Felix Annan. But it can’t be a father and son affair, they are dangerous and must be seen as such.” said Thomas Boakye-Agyeman (Accra and PLB rep for Asante Kotoko) on his Facebook page.
Other graduates from WAFA, Jordan Opoku, Yaw Frimpong, Nurudeen Ali, and Mark Sekyere had all enjoyed successful spell with the Porcupines.
Felix Annan who had enjoyed loan spells at RTU and WAFA had been with Asante Kotoko since 2011. Annan, the first choice goalkeeper for Kotoko hopes to keep his place when the Porcupines takes on his boyhood club WAFA on Wednesday at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Centre Back Awal Mohammed, who returned to the Asante Kotoko, last month is yet to feature for Asante Kotoko after leaving the Reds Porcupines in 2012. He had enjoys spells in South Africa and Morocco with Maritzburg United and Raja Casablanca respectively. Awal was part of the Black Stars team that placed in the 2015 AFCON.
Midfield dynamo and free kick expert, Michael Akuffo who was sidelined since 2015 and missed the 2015/16 season with a serious knee injury staged a comeback and also registered an assist lasted the entire duration last Sunday in Tamale when Kotoko recorded a draw against Bolga All Stars.
Asante Kotoko are two points behind league leaders Aduana Stars who plays Medeama today.
Matches between the two sides had seen Asante Kotoko winning one, while WAFA had won two with one ending in draw in their last four meetings in the Ghana Premier League.