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WHERE ARE THEY? Nyaho Tamakloe’s Musical Youth Featured

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When the 1986 Ghanaian League season ended, defending champions, Accra Hearts of Oak placed an abysmal 9th position. The newly appointed Chairman of the club, Captain Nyaho Tamakloe was jaded by the output of the playing body and thus did the unthinkable. He released 23 senior players of the recruited young untested players.

The press at the time aptly dubbed the squad Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars or Nyaho Tamakloe’s Musical Youth. In this piece, I will look at the members of the group and what became of their careers in later years.
 
Nanabanyin Crentsil
 
The towering netminder was the club’s number one and captained the team when they won the double in 1990. He left the Phobians to join Seth Yeboah’s newly promoted Dawu Youngsters in 1991 and later joined Obuasi Goldfields (Ashgold) where he became a regular feature for the Black Stars in 1995. After retirement, he is domiciled in the USA.
 
Ben Adjei
 
The right-back was already a mainstay for Hearts reserve side before the advent of the Musical Youth. He rose through the ranks to become the captain and later the general captain of the team in the trophy-laden 1990 football season. Just like Crentsil, he joined Dawu Youngsters in 1991 and rejoined Hearts in 1998. He also dabbled in the dugout and was briefly assistant to Sam Amarteifio. In the 2014/15 season, he came back to Hearts to assume the role of an assistant coach to Herbert Addo and became a caretaker coach of the club when Herbert Addo was relieved of his post.
 
Thomas Quaye
 
Popularly known as ‘T Quaye,’ he joined from the club’s reserves. A skilful and intelligent defender, he was a regular feature for the club till his departure in 1991 to join Dawu Youngsters. He rejoined Hearts later but could only play for a season. He ended his career at Real Tamale United.
 
Paul Adjoda
 
He joined Hearts from Arnold Warriors. Though error-prone, he was a mainstay in the Phobian defence in the single-season spent with the club. He joined Accra Great Olympics in 1988 and went into oblivion after a great first season with Ghana’s Wonder Club.
 
Joe Addo
 
He was famed for his free kicks and penalty kicks. An intelligent ball-playing defender, he played for all the national teams and became the deputy captain of the Black Stars at a point and played in two AFCON tournaments. He was infamously banned for allegedly slapping a referee in a FA Cup fixture. He played professional football in the US and at a point worked as the Corporate Affairs Manager of Hearts an occasionally appears on TV as a pundit.
 
Ayetei Sowah
 
Nicknamed ‘Rambo,’ Ayetei was an uncompromising right-footed player who excelled as a left-back. He also graduated from the club’s reserves to stake a claim with the main team. He later lost his position to Osmanu ‘Ninja’ Sackey in the 1990 football season and also joined Dawu Youngsters. He rejoined Hearts in 1995 and joined RTU after a season but never really played regularly. He passed on to glory in the noughties.
 
Ebenezer Dugbartey
 
A left-footed midfielder who could also play as a left-back under some coaches; he had a lengthy career and even featured for the Black Stars in the African Cup of Nations, 2000 and was the first player to be sent off in the tournament. He once played for French side, Lorient and had a brief spell with Samsunspor of Turkey. He was capped seven times for the Black Stars.
 
Edward Santrofi Acquaah
 
He was a skilful winger who possessed with pace and trickery. He was the sole survivor of the Hearts team Nyaho disbanded. He became the captain of the side but had his captaincy stripped off for daring to throw the armband at the bench in anger. He left and joined Great Olympics but later came back during the tenure of Peter Gravilla in 1992. He passed on to glory in 1995.
 
 
Ablade Kumah
 
The silky midfielder was famed for his ability to go past his markers with ease, create chances for his teammates and scored goals when it matters. He captained Hearts and was the captain of the Black Meteors team that won bronze in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona. He played professionally in Saudi Arabia and Sweden and was a regular feature of the Black Stars and participated in two AFCON championships. He is currently the team manager of the Black Meteors.
 
Ezekiel Alamu
 
An acme of masculine elegance, he played as a winger or a right-sided midfielder. He was the first captain of the Black Satellites when they failed to qualify for the African championships in 1988. He sojourned in Nigeria and later made a return to Hearts in the mid-nineties till he fizzled out.
 
Shamo Quaye
 
He had all the accolades during his days with the Phobians. Shamo Quaye won the SWAG Most Promising Footballer in 1987 and went on to achieve more fame. He illuminated match venues in the country with some stupendous goals in the 1990 season including a pile driver against Great Olympics. He also had playing stints in Ivory Coast, Saudi Arabia and Sweden. He died mysteriously in 1997.
 
Emmanuel Aidoo
 
A left-winger who featured prominently in the 1987 season. He fizzled out in the 1988 season.
 
Lawrence Adu
 
The left-winger with dynamite in his powerful right foot. He featured prominently in the 1987 season but joined Great Olympics in 1988 and not much was heard from him thereafter.
 
Adjetey Sowah
 
A hard-running striker known as for his profligacy in front of goal. Not much was heard of him after his debut season with the Phobians.
 
Suraj Musah
 
The midfielder joined from Techiman Holy Stars. He also could not make much impact after just a season with Hearts.
 
Abuba Seidu
He was the only senior player who remained after the mass transfer. He played professionally in Burkina Faso.
 
Notable mentions.
Razak Adjenie
Tetteh Django
 
By: Dr. Richard KD Ephraim 
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