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30 Nov

Torric Jebrin: The Little Magician Who Could Have Become A Ghana Legend

In any field of culture or entertainment, whether it be sport or the arts, greatness is often defined by longevity. It’s thought to be hard to reach the pinnacle of any discipline, but to remain at the top is considered to be the true litmus test of one’s eminence.
 
On the other hand there is something to be said for fleeting brilliance, a star that shines so bright only to be extinguished quicker than it took to emerge. Torric Jebrin’s footballing career clearly corroborates the above assertion.
 
In 2008, Torric Jebrin likened to Ghanaian greats Mohammed Polo and Abedi Ayew  was heralded as one of the next great playmakers for the Ghana national side and was predicted to go on to big thing. 
 
Here was this kid who had incredible close control, a first touch that was the stuff of dreams and a performance level that was at a far higher than his age suggested.
 
He was destined to be a star but it just didn’t work out as it should have. I doubt we will ever have a definitive reason why, but we can look at his career and try and figure where exactly Torric stopped being one of the game’s biggest talents. 
 
Torric’s talent saw him start training with Anokye Stars, a colts club in Kumasi- Ghana’s second largest city from the age of ten, where he would hone his skills and first learn what it’s like to play in a team.
 
A few years later, as he chased a bigger club, he was signed up by Accra Hearts of Oak- one of the biggest and most historic clubs in Ghana and Africa at large. 
 
Torric Jebrin was spotted by the Continental Club Masters when the club visited Kumasi on a pre-season tour and decided to engage the Ashanti Regional Chapters in a friendly. 
 
As a fan of the club, young Torric featured and his precocious talent couldn’t be overlooked. Torric was in esteemed company, with the club previously being home to the likes of Mohammed Polo, Peter Lamptey, Stephen Appiah and many other Ghanaian legends.
 
At the age of just 17, Torric would make his first senior appearance for Hearts in the highly competitive and physical Ghanaian Premier League. 
 
He was flashy and every effective on the ball, he could beat players with the drop of a shoulder and possessed an incredible dribbling prowess.  
 
He knew when to make runs into the box but his inability to always pick the right option sometimes left his coaches and teammates frustrated with him. 
 
That was expected though because he was a novice and on a learning curve.
 
Billed as the ‘next Polo’, Torric Jebrin continued his annus mirabilis by earning a debut appearance for the Local Black Stars against Niger. With fans and the media rhapsodising his every kick of the ball by this point, interest in the precocious talent was also rife. 
 
English side Portsmouth, Belgian outfit  SV Zulte Waregem were all astutely aware of Torric’s exploits and had been scouting him, leading to rumours of an imminent transfer to the English side.
 
The move looked to be done and dusted until a last minute passport issue (at least that was what was claimed) prevented the Ghanaian prodigy from joining the Pompeys. With the deal dead in the water, Torric returned to Hearts as he looked at other possibilities.
 
Torric Jebrin played three seasons at Hearts of Oak in total making 31 appearances and scoring 3 goals before securing his eventual move to Europe. 
 
The suitors were Turkish side Bucaspor with whom he made 26 appearances with 3 goals before completing a controversial move to Trabzonspor with barely a month left on his contract with Bucaspor. 
 
It generated a lot of razzmatazz but the youngster had his mind already made up. He played two games for his new employers before being farmed out on loan to 1461 Trabzon.
 
In 43 games for 1461 Trabzon, he could only score a goal and that ended his stay with the club as he made a return to Bucaspor; his first European club.
 
His second coming to Bucaspor was not good to write home about, and now the sad state of affairs – both mentally and physically – were beginning to take their toll.
 
 Injuries and sheer ignominy of his fall from grace led to only eight appearances ending his time back in Turkey. Once a national treasure, his career now seemed trapped deep in the bowels of an echo chamber, with every one of Torric’s efforts reverberating with the same infuriating, futile result.
 
A complete change of scenery was in order and so, bags and extra baggage packed, he headed to Egypt as one of Ismaily’s new recruits. A return of one goal in 45 outings wasn’t what Ismaily expected from the Ghanaian hence their resolve to loan him out to Al Wehda Club- a move that yielded nothing positive.
 
A move to Arab Contractors followed and currently with Al Masry, Torric Jebrin has fallen drastically short of what his formative displays promised to provide. His supreme talent as a youngster was squandered due to a combination of pressure, greed and too much too soon – a problem which is becoming more prevalent for today’s young footballers. 
 
The footballing public were initially enraptured with Torric’s rag-like beginnings to quickly becoming the most talked about footballer in Ghana by the time he was 17, but it wasn’t to last. This was a player who had neutrals on the edge of their seats and fans of his opponents grimacing at the screen.
 
The former starlet really is the definition of a ‘what might have been’ a legend. Now 27, his best days are surely already behind him.
 
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah
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