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8 Players Who Revived Their Careers in the Ghana Premier League this Season Featured

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The Ghanaian football season is currently entering its business end with matches coming thick and fast, in addition to cup matches. 

There have been some players who have shown signs of coming back to their best, like Augustine Okrah at Kotoko, but there are others who have actually performed consistently well throughout the season. 


Here, we take a look at some fellow professionals who have bounced back to exceed expectations and turn their careers around.

Umar Bashiru (Karela United)
Arguably, one of the most underrated players in the Ghanaian topflight division. In many ways Umar Bashiru is a story of the Kotoko hero that never was. One fairly miserable year with the Porcupine Warriors came to an end in 2020 when he was considered surplus to the club’s requirement.
The Karela United midfielder has been in great form for the Anyinase-based club this season, and has been their second most important player after Diawisie Taylor. 
With his astute awareness, energy and ability to linkup well, Bashiru has been very influential for the club and was key to their early season form, as he helped the team punch above their weight. 
Evans Owusu (Liberty Professionals)
The former Asante Kotoko left-back joined Liberty Professionals in the second half of the season, and has played a crucial role in the club's return to form, helping ease defensive concerns for the club. 
He plays with great composure, forming a strong partnership with his teammates and looks sharp, making crucial interceptions and putting in last-ditch tackles.
Owusu is a fan favourite, as his work-rate has endeared him to the Liberty faithful, while his tendency to pop up with important contributions has not gone unnoticed. 
The most notable was his goal against his former employers Asante Kotoko
Richard Baidoo (Karela United)
Richard Baidoo was warming the bench at Hearts of Oak for most of his time there since he was promoted from Auroras, playing third fiddle to Richard Attah and Richmond Ayi. He looked set for another backup year at Hearts but he decided to join Karela United on loan. 
He has played 14 times in the league and has kept a clean sheet in 7 matches which goes to show how incredible he has been this season thus far. 
His splendid feat hasn’t gone unnoticed as he was recently awarded with a call-up in the national U-23 team by Paa Kwesi Fabin.
Prince Opoku Agyemang (Medeama SC)
The 28-year-old rejoined Medeama after a forgetful loan spell with South African side Cape Town City FC. He has since rediscovered his from and has formed a solid partnership with Ahmed Toure. 
Agyemang has scored 6 goals in ten games for the Yellow and Mauves.
He stretches defences with his tireless running and movement. Though he still misses a lot of chances, Agyemang has worked very hard to get into great positions and has ensured that he improves his efficiency in front of goal, which can be seen from his goalscoring record. 
Prince Acquah (Aduana Stars)
Prince Acquah’s career started off like so many others. He was a hot prospect after breaking through at Heart of Lions, but a switch to Asante Kotoko in 2016 just didn't work out. He had shown flashes of excitement, but rarely had fans off their seats.
His career risked stalling after his spell at Kotoko came to an abrupt end in 2019. A free transfer to Aduana Stars proved to be the spark Acquah needed, as the midfielder has taken the opportunity to prove to his fans and neutrals alike that he is the player many felt he had the potential to become.
He is now one of the best central midfielders in the league, and his disappointing spell with Kotoko is well and truly behind him.
Yaw Annor (Ashantigold)
After blossoming into one of the league's finest wingers with Bechem United, Yaw Annor earned himself a move to Spanish Segunda Division B side CF Fuenlabrada in 2017, but his time there yielded mixed results. 
A loan move to Burgos CF followed but Annor could still not stake his claim in the Spanish lower tier league.
Things began well but quickly fell away, and by the time 2019 arrived, many fans were keen to see the back of him as they felt he had nothing to offer anymore. 
Bechem United once again offered to give him the platform to reinvent himself as one of the best wingers in the division. It was an opportunity he grabbed with both hands and his consistent superb performances for the Hunters ensured a lot of clubs including Kotoko and Legon Cities queued to sign him on but it was Ashantigold that won the race.
Annor has been at his dominant best for the Miners this campaign and is proving all his doubters wrong.
Gladson Awako (Great Olympics)
At 30, Awako has breathed life into this new-look Olympics side in the current campaign. While he deserves enough credit for his own work rate and performances, it is Awako’s overall approach that has been the real feat. Positive, calm and insightful, he had brought stability to Annor Walker’s team and is recognised as one of the best players in the league. 
Awako has scored 6 goals and recorded 4 assists and has won the MVP on four occasions. Currently, a member of the Black Stars, Awako has all but justified why he chose to relaunch his career in Ghana and has made a strong case for players of his ilk-elder statesmen.
Razak Abalora – (Asante Kotoko)
Reviving one’s career is easier said than done. It is typically very talented and gifted players who show their class before falling away but ultimately getting back to the top once again.
Even very gifted players often fail to revive their careers though. That is the more reason why Razak Abalora deserves all the fuss that surrounds him.
After a successful spell with Azam FC, the former WAFA goalie joined the Porcupine Warriors to relaunch thus.
It’s been a success so far for the club and player with Abalora churning out consistent performances for the Kumasi club, earning a call-up and subsequently manning the post of the Black Stars in two AFCON qualifiers corroborates how good Abalora is.
In 20 games for his club, he has kept 11 clean sheets and conceded 10 goals
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