Afriyie Acquah

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Afriyie Acquah
Personal information
Full name Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah[1]
Date of birth (1992-01-05) 5 January 1992 (age 23)
Place of birth Sunyani, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 30
Youth career
2005–2008 Glentoran Football Academy
2008–2009 Mine Stars
2009 Bechem United
2009–2010 DC United of Ghana[citation needed]
2010–2011 Palermo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Palermo 31 (0)
2012–2013 Parma (loan) 13 (0)
2013– 1899 Hoffenheim 0 (0)
2013–2015 Parma (loan) 41 (1)
2015– Sampdoria (loan) 3 (0)
National team
2012– Ghana[1] 14 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10:13, 2 March 2015 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10:13, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah (born 5 January 1992 in Sunyani),[2] simply known as Afriyie Acquah (/æˈfrɪˈj/ /æˈxwɑː/ a-FRI-YEE a-KHWAH), is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a midfield general and midfielder for Sampdoria, on loan from 1899 Hoffenheim.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Acquah began his career in Glentoran Football Academy in Sunyani, Ghana, which established by Northern Irish club Glentoran F.C.[3] He later transferred to Bechem United as the Northern Irish club unable to sign him, due to work permit issues, despite he did travel to Belfast to train with the first team.[4] In April 2009, he played for Bechem United against Italian club Empoli.[5]


On 1 February 2010 Palermo signed Acquah from D.C. United of Ghana[6] for free, but €500,000 agent fee went to SCMG Sport Consulting & Management GmbH,[7] (the same company that received massive agent fee for Túlio de Melo.) Palermo was fined by FIGC as it violated the third-party ownership rule in April 2012. FIGC found that Acquah had signed a contract with the agent in June 2009 as he was unable to join any club aboard until he turned 18.[8]


On 16 July 2012, Palermo announced to have loaned Acquah to Serie A rivals Parma; the agreement also includes an option for Parma to acquire half of the player's transfer rights by the end of the season.[9]

In January 2013 moved to the Bundesliga club Hoffenheim but he was not given any opportunity to play the match until the end of the 2012–13 season.[10] In July 2013, he returned to Parma on a season-long loan deal and won his place back, finishing 27 league appearances in the 2013–14 season. Subsequently the loan was extended for another year.[11][12]


In February 2015, his loan spell at Parma was terminated early and he moved to fellow Serie A side Sampdoria, again on loan.[13]

International career[edit]

Ghana national team[edit]

On 26 February 2012, Acquah was called up to the Ghana squad to face Chile.[14] Acquah made his senior Ghana debut against Chile on 29 February 2012 at the PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA.[15] On 13 October 2012, in Civo Stadium, Lilongwe he scored a goal for Ghana against Malawi.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Ebenezer Afriyie Acquah". U.C. Sampdoria. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  2. ^ 1 week trial facilitated by the GCT and Glentoran Football Club[dead link]
  3. ^ "Glentoran helped African street child reach Serie A". BBC. 13 April 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Afriyie Acquah to Arsenal?". Glentoran FC. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bechem Utd. makes Ghana proud…Face Empoli today … In Trofeo Nereo Rocco semis". 30 April 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ufficiale: Palermo, arrivano Caroppo, Afriyie Acquah e Radu Ionut". 14 October 2011. Retrieved 13 October 2012. 
  7. ^ US Città di Palermo SpA Report and Accounts on 30 June 2010 (Italian)
  8. ^ "Comunicato Ufficiale N°90/CDN (2011–12)" (in Italian). Commissione Disciplinare Nazionale (CDN) of FIGC. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 28 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "ACQUAH IN PRESTITO AL PARMA" [ACQUAH ON LOAN TO PARMA] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 16 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "ACQUAH CEDUTO ALL'HOFFENHEIM" [ACQUAH MOVED TO HOFFENHEIM] (in Italian). US Città di Palermo. 24 January 2013. Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Afriyie Acquah remains at Parma". Parma FC. 28 June 2014. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  12. ^ "Acquah spielt weiter für den FC Parma - Advíncula bleibt in Lima" [Acquah continues playing for FC Parma - Advíncula stays in Lima]. 1899 Hoffenheim. 3 July 2014. Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  13. ^ "Acquah an Sampdoria weiter verliehen" [Acquah loaned further to Sampdoria] (in German). Kicker. 3 February 2015. Retrieved 2 March 2015. 
  14. ^ "Black Stars squad named for Chile friendly". (Ghana Football Association). 26 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  15. ^ "Chile 1 – 1 Ghana". (ESPN). 29 February 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2012. 
  16. ^ "Malawi vs Ghana LIVE Commentary". Retrieved 13 October 2012. 

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