Bennard Yao Kumordzi

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Bennard Kumordzi
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Personal information
Full name Bennard Yao Kumordzi
Date of birth (1985-03-21) 21 March 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Genk
Number 45
Youth career
Klagon Youth Academy
Supreme FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005 FC Norrköping 11 (17)
2005–2006 IFK Norrköping 9 (2)
2006–2007 Egaleo 21 (5)
2007–2012 Panionios 117 (16)
2012 Dijon FCO 16 (1)
2012– KRC Genk 65 (6)
National team
2007– Ghana 8 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22:06, 27 July 2012 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23:00, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Bennard Yao Kumordzi (born 21 March 1985) is a Ghanaian professional footballer, who currently plays for KRC Genk in Belgium and the Ghana national team as a midfielder. He previously played for IFK Norrköping and more recently Panionios and Dijon FCO.

Club career[edit]

Kumordzi started his career playing street football at Klagon FC Youth before being snapped up by lower-league side Supreme FC, where he had stints in only two 3rd Division league matches in Ghana before leaving for Sweden to pursue a European career in 2005 in the city of Norrköping.Before Kumordzi training At Bordeux.He struggled early on to get a club, until he got a break with a Division 6 amateur club called FC Norrköping where he played as a midfielder though he left Ghana as a central defender. He made a big impression while playing in the division 6 amateur league and he became the leading goal scorer with 17 goals in 11 matches from the offensive midfield role.

During a cup match in July 2005 between FCN amateurs and IK Sleipner, a Second Division club, Kumordzi performed magnificently to win the match for his amateur club.[citation needed] Stefan Hellberg, the then-coach of Swedish Superettan side IFK Norrkoping, who was at the game, told journalists that he had just discovered a gem. He gave him a trial with his club and Kumordzi jumped four levels from the sixth Division amateurs to the Superettan (Swedish 2nd Div.). However, he never became a regular starter in the team. His stay there was ended after Kumordzi going on a strike on contractual disputes with his former club FC Norrköping.[1]

Greece[edit]

During the strike he had gone to Greece to practice with Greek Super League side Egaleo FC. He signed a five-year contract with the Greek outfit.

“I struck my in the land of Greece in a premiership match against Skoda Xanthi and after that, many journalist told me that my goal would compete for best goal of the 2006/2007 Greek premiership season” Kumordzi said. He also received plaudits from the Greek media who says he is the true revelation of the season after another superb and[2] game against Ergotelis FC.[3]

On 18 January 2007, the Greek FA – Hellenic Football Federation[4] Kumordzi the Most Valuable Player award of the 1st Half of the 2006–2007 Greek Super League, for his performances in the current season.[5]

Among clubs scouting Kumordzi was German Bundesliga side Bayer 04 Leverkusen.[6][7]

His excellent performances were the reason that he gained a transfer to a bigger team. He signed a contract[8] with Panionios on 23 May 2007.

France and Dijon[edit]

Due to his excellent performances in Greek Super League, he signed, in January 2012 with Ligue 1 club Dijon FCO.

International career[edit]

In 2005, Swedish newspaper Folkbladet described and compared Kumordzi to Nigerian International Nwankwo Kanu. Today, Kumordzi thinks his quality on or off-the-ball and height gives him an advantage to be one of the best players of the Ghana national teams especially the Ghana Olympic Team.[7]

“I wait to be called upon to wear the colors of the Ghana Under-23 or Senior national team jersey,” said Kumordzi. “There are still unlimited Ghanaian football talents spread across Europe who can become great national football assets that are not being tapped". "Playing in the World Cup for my country is my biggest dream. I will continue to work hard to make it into the Olympic Team and from there I can move onto the next stage. I dream of playing in one of the Top 20 teams in the World" added Kumordzi.[9]

On 20 January 2007, Kumordzi was called up by Ghana's Olympic Team known as the Black Meteors for the 2008 Olympic Games Qualifier against Burkina Faso Olympic Team.[10] He also played the two-legged tie of the 2007 All-African Games qualifying match against Nigeria U-23, which Ghana won.

On his 22nd Birthday, Kumordzi received his first senior call up for Ghana, as a direct injury replacement for Ghana captain Stephen Appiah for Ghana's FIFA International friendlies against Austria and Brazil on 24 & 27 March 2007.[11] His international debut was against Brazil on 27 March 2007 at the Råsunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sweden when Ghana lost 0–1.[12]

He scored his first goal for Ghana against Iran National Team at the Azadi Stadium in Tehran on Thursday 28 June 2007.

Kumordzi also told goal.com that he dreams of playing for Arsenal in the Premier League one day.[13]“I have a secret admiration for Arsenal of England since I want to step into the shoes of former Arsenal superstar, Patrick Vieira,” the central midfielder told the Ghana FA's official newspaper, GFA News.[14]

Honours[edit]

Genk

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fotbollsspelare strejkar". realtid.se. 26 June 2006. Retrieved 22 February 2007. 
  2. ^ "Board Message". Greeksoccer.com. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "Αιγάλεω-Εργοτέλης 2–0". sport24.gr. 17 December 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2006. 
  4. ^ "GhanaWeb". GhanaWeb. 18 January 2007. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "Κουμορτζί για "άσπρες" μέρες". sport24.gr. 18 January 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2007. 
  6. ^ "Leverkusen vill ha Bennard". nt.se. 13 December 2006. Retrieved 13 December 2006. 
  7. ^ a b "Λεβερκούζεν για Κουμορτζί! – Νέα, Ομάδες, Πρόγραμμα, Αποτελέσματα, Βαθμολογίες, Στατιστικά – SPORT 24" (in Greek). Sport24.gr. Retrieved 24 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "Kumordzi opts for Panionios". bbc.co.uk. 23 May 2007. Retrieved 23 May 2007. 
  9. ^ "Bennard Kumordzi: A Rising Star". ghanaweb.com. 13 January 2007. Retrieved 13 January 2007. 
  10. ^ "28 called up for Black Meteors". ghanaweb.com. 20 January 2007. Retrieved 20 January 2007. 
  11. ^ "Fresh call-ups for Ghana". Ghana Football Association. 21 March 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2007. 
  12. ^ "Stars fall to Love strike". Official Website (Ghana Football Association). 29 March 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2007. Bernard Yao Kumordzi, Alfred Arthur and Ekow Benson – both locally-based players, all uncapped were given run outs by Claude Le Roy in the later stages of the game as Michael Helegbe enjoyed his second cap coming on as a substitute. 
  13. ^ "Kumordzi Dreams of playing for Arsenal FC". goal.com. 24 April 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2007. 
  14. ^ "Kumordzi dreams of Viera role". ghanafa.org. 14 April 2007. Retrieved 14 April 2007. 

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