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Salifu Mudasiru: 8 Midfielders Who Could Replace Him at Asante Kotoko Featured

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Salifu Mudasiru's 3-year career at Kotoko has come to an end with the midfielder joining Modolvan champions  FC Sheriff Tiraspol on a year deal.

Before his departure, the 25-year-old remained a vital part of the Kotoko midfield and replacing him will be high on Prosper Narteh Ogum's transfer agenda this summer as he looks to make the Porcupine Warriors title winners once again.

Below are eight players who could be in line to replace Mudasiru in the Kotoko engine room next season.
 
David Abagna Sandan (RTU)
 
Competent at controlling the game from deep or bursting forward into more advanced positions, Sandan blossomed in the RTU jersey despite his club’s poor run.
 
With his reading of the game, reliability in possession and ability to resist an opposition press still up there with the very best in the division. 
 
Then there's his passing. Outside of the foot, inside of the foot, short or long, it really doesn't matter. You know as soon as the ball leaves his foot it's finding its intended target.
 
He does not have the same amount of energy as Mudasiru and is certainly not as strong defensively, however, Sandan is deadly from set pieces and may end up being even more prolific than the man he could replace.
 
George Asamoah (Great Olympics)
 
The Great Olympics midfielder emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in Ghanaian football during his days at Ebusua Dwarfs. His technical ability coupled with an impressive work-rate saw him become one of the most sought out players in the division.
 
Amid claims that he was been used out of position, Asamoah blew hot and cold at Olympics. He is by no means hugely talented, but it's fair to say that almost everyone expected more from George Asamoah.
 
His contract is up this summer and has yet to be extended, meaning he could be available on a free transfer this summer. 
 
Umar Bashiru (Karela United)
 
One player that quietly goes about his work week-in, week-out is Umar Bashiru. Sure, he may not earn rave reviews for his stunning assists, or his thunderous volleys, but he is a vital member of the Anyinase-based side. 
 
Yes, he may not be a 'star name' but he has proven to be a valuable squad member.  
The midfielder is a crucial player at ball retention and transitions for Bismark Kobi Mensah and Karela United FC are a much better side (how is that possible?) when he is in the team. 
 
His first spell with the Porcupine Warriors was a failure but now transformed, his quality on the ball combined with his physical presence could make him a perfect signing for Kotoko.
 
Francis Twene (Bechem United)
 
Known for his tireless work rate and excellent passing, the Bechem United midfielder established himself as one of the best in the business-not to mention the tendency to shoot some long-range stunners.
 
In his pomp, he is an unassailable force in the midfield. His astute positioning and awareness on the pitch is still remembered by all who watched him play. Yet, the Bechem United playmaker does not earn the public admiration of the Ghanaian football community that he deserves.
 
It is perhaps due to his perceived lack of direct impact on the score sheet- but all you have to do is look at his performances for his club to be convinced of his prowess. Twene is a class act and one of the most underrated players in the division.
 
Mohammed Abdul Rahman ( Nsoatreman FC)
 
If there’s a player in the second-tier worth spending on, it might well be Mohammed Abdul Rahman.
 
Combining creative flair with the level of instinctive forward play of a striker, he's able to find space anywhere on the pitch. Dynamism and intelligent movement both on and off the ball make him impossible to read, but his influence in the final third stretches beyond setting up his teammates.
 
Grabbing 15 goals and 15 assists was immense for his side's promotionn to the elite division. With Nsoatreman FC being such a joy to watch this season, simply envisage Rahman as the puppet master in all of it. Pulling the strings, encouraging the movement, and above all, entertaining.
 
Damange Iddrisu Zakari (Tamale City)
 
A very technically gifted midfielder, Damange Iddrisu Zakari excelled for this term. The assist king has been in inspired form, racking up 18 assists to go with his 7 goals in just 27 league outings for Tamale City in his debut season at the club.
 
His ability to pick out a teammate has been on show throughout the season, whether it's picking up space in between the lines or drifting out wide, his keen eye for the sublime rarely fails to deliver.
 
His ability on and off the ball and his impressive technique will certainly be something for Kotoko to consider.
 
Walid Fuseini Neymar ( Baffour Soccer Academy)
 
Shocked? He is called Neymar but surprisingly does not play as a forward but as a midfielder. Named after the Brazilian due to his dynamism, skill, and speed on the pitch. His quick feet and top-notch dribbling have earned him admirers in the league.
 
He joined Baffour Soccer Academy in the second half of the season from Ashantigold SC. In 15 appearances for his new club, he registered 6 assists and won 6 MVP accolades. 
 
He produced magic week in and week out with his loping, meandering runs through opposing defences. 
 
Technically perfect, he can see the field of play as if he is watching football on the TV because his vision is extraordinary. 
 
He lulls defenders into a false sense of security, and would then pull something out of the hat and assist teammates.
 
Godfred Atuahene (Liberty Professionals)
 
The Liberty Professionals skipper has emerged as one of the most exciting young talents in Ghanaian football. His technical ability coupled with an impressive work-rate have seen him become one of the most sought out players in the division.
 
A classic box-to-box midfielder, Atuahene provides the vital glue in midfield. He can can mop up defensively just as well as he can launch attacking plays.
 
He always has a trick up his sleeve, even if he hasn't had the best of matches. 
He makes his teammates look better and play better because they know they are playing with a genius. 
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