Since Richard Paul Frank Kingson dropped the gloves after 90 appearances as Ghana’s number one, it is fair to say that the national team- gloves has stunk the palm of other goal keepers. Since kingson retired as the goal ‘guard’ for the Black Stars in 2012,every major tournament has provided the coaches with the same challenge about the goalkeeping department. Several goal keepers have been tested and proven negative, glaring examples are Brimah Razak (first choice goal keeper 2017), and Fatau Dauda who were taken to the last AFCON but have not been able to retain their positions in the provisional 29-man squad by head-coach Kwesi Appiah.
Kick442.com took interest in Felix Annan’s majestic rise to the top, and the keeper capable of doing it great for Ghana like Kingson told us about his ambitions:
“Actually, it’s been a great season for me.The games have been fine, I have been able to keep my consistency in the league and then, we qualified to the semi finals of the special competitions, I have been able to keep a couple of clean sheets which is really great for general impression”.
“The young keeper looks back at a somewhat successful season “my season hasn’t been bad so far, and I really thank God for the support my teammates have given me”.
“The goal keeper expresses his joy being called up to represent the four time AFCON winners; ” it is a big privilege for me to be selected in the ranks of the Black Stars_ being a young goal keeper playing locally, getting the nod to fight for a place go to a major tournament in Egypt with the Black Stars is something special and am always grateful”.
Felix Annan promises the fans back home a hundred and one percent-“ I am going to do my best in the training tour and hopefully I will send a signal to the technical team, and when given the chance I will also do my best. So, it’s been a great season and am enjoying myself. I will go to Egypt and do my best for the nation, thank you”.
Coach Kwesi Appiah and his technical team have would have to turn to 25-year-old Felix Annan, one of Africa’s finest grain currently practicing his trade in arguably Ghana’s biggest club, Assante Kotoko
The lad started coming under the limelight at the Gomoa Fetteh Feynoord Academy, before Asante came in and snapped the talent. Due to lack of game time the youngster was loaned out to Real Tamale United-he came back and was loaned out again to boyhood club, WAFA in the 2014/15 season. The boys story would never be the same again after a stellar campaign. His heroics helped keep WAFA stay above the relegation zone and Asante then, wanted a piece of their own cake, bringing the lad back to Kumasi and he has been the undisputed number one since 2016.
It is clear that all three goal keepers selected in the list of Kwesi Appiah would make the AFCON-due to the mere logic that it is the exact number required for a tournament, but who receives the thumbs up as first choice remains the 1 million Ghana Cedis question. The three goal keepers called up are: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux) and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko)
Felix Annan has one appearance with the Black Stars already that came in March 26, 2019-he sure would want to grab the stage lights like the Burkinabe goal keeper, (Herve Koffi) and Cameroon shot-stopper Fabrice Ondoa did back in 2017 helping their teams to a third place and cup winners respectively.