Derek Asamoah

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Derek Asamoah
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Asamoah with Hamilton Academical in 2009
Personal information
Full name Derek Asamoah
Date of birth (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.7 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Winger and Second Striker
Youth career
1998–1999 Protec Football Academy
1999–2000 Hampton & Richmond Borough
2000–2001 Slough Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2000–2001 Slough Town 8 (3)
2001–2004 Northampton Town 112 (30)
2004–2005 Mansfield Town 30 (5)
2005–2006 Lincoln City 35 (2)
2006 Chester City (loan) 17 (8)
2006–2007 Shrewsbury Town 39 (10)
2007–2009 OGC Nice 0 (0)
2009 Hamilton Academical 3 (0)
2009–2010 Lokomotiv Sofia 36 (13)
2011–2012 Pohang Steelers 56 (13)
2013 Daegu FC 33 (4)
National team
2006– Ghana 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2011

Derek Asamoah (born 1 May 1981) is a Ghanaian professional footballer. He has previously played for clubs in England, France, Scotland, Bulgaria and South Korea.

Asamoah is a forward, known for his footspeed and dribbling ability. He can also operate on either wing, delivering sharp crosses, and as a second striker.

Club career[edit]

Amateur[edit]

Asamoah learned his trade at the Protec Football Academy in North London. Whilst at the Academy, he played for semi-professional side Hampton & Richmond Borough, before moving to Slough Town in 2001.

Professional[edit]

Asamoah then gained a trial at Northampton Town, in which he signed his first professional contract. After an impressive first season at Sixfields, he was offered a new improved contract but Asamoah turned it down in favor of a move to Mansfield Town. He had a difficult time at Mansfield Town and fell out with manager Carlton Palmer. He was transfer-listed and moved to Lincoln City.

Asamoah struggled to enjoy his spell at Lincoln City and scored very few goals, which led to boss Keith Alexander loaning him out to struggling Chester City.

Asamoah was in his most prolific season yet, almost using his own two feet saving Chester from the drop with nine goals in 18 matches and at one stage in the season, he had seven goals in four matches. Having rejected a permanent deal with Chester, Asamoah left and was released by Lincoln City.

In search of a new club, Asamoah trialled with both Doncaster Rovers and Scunthorpe United during July 2006, but on 3 August 2006, Shrewsbury Town announced that he had signed for them and turned town Scunthorpe United.[1]

In 2006-07, Asamoah netted 10 times in the league as Shrewsbury Town qualified for the League Two play-offs in 7th place.

OGC Nice[edit]

In August 2007, Asamoah moved to French League 1 side OGC Nice in a controversial transfer, where he went AWOL from Shrewsbury Town in order to sign with the French club, with no clearance from Shrewsbury Town, the FA or the Football League. Asamoah moved for a figure of £50,000.

Following the transfer, Shrewsbury manager Gary Peters claimed Asamoah's conduct was that of a 'selfish player and a selfish person', and revealed Asamoah would have been sacked by Shrewsbury Town had his deal with Nice fallen through.[2]

Asamoah had a few spells on the sidelines in France and ended the season with no appearances for Nice, for the 2008-09 he again failed to make a single appearance for the first team. As a result of this, he had not played domestic football in over 18-months until at the end of January, Asamoah left the club, to begin training with Yeovil Town.

Hamilton Academical[edit]

On 2 April 2009, it was confirmed that he had a trial at Scottish side Hamilton Academical becoming the third Shrewsbury Town player to feature on their books after Colin Cramb and cult hero Victor Kasule. Asamoah made his debut for the Scottish side against Celtic, in a 6-0 thumping. At the end of the season Asamoah decided change would be best for him and left Hamilton Academical for Bulgaria.[3]

Lokomotiv Sofia[edit]

In August 2009 Asamoah signed a contract with Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Sofia. After struggling with several injuries, Asamoah soon took the chance to obtain a starter position in the first squad. After the winter transfer window, he became a vital part of the red-black attack, scoring three goals is the first two matches. During yet another spectacular performance, against Lokomotiv Mezdra, the Ghana international received strong ovation from the attendance every time he got the ball, establishing his status as fan favourite. The crowd praised his dedication to win each 1-on-1 challenge, performing several attractive tricks in the process. A week later, against champions Levski Sofia, Asamoah again received positive chants, as he assisted for both goals of the match. Afterwards, he was chosen for player of the round in the championship.

For the new 2010–11 A PFG season, Asamoah took the now free number one shirt. He netted seven times in the first half of the 2010–11 season.

Pohang Steelers[edit]

In November 2010, Asamoah signed with South Korean side Pohang Steelers. His contract is for three years.[4] On 5 March 2011, he made his official debut (as a starter) in the 1:1 home draw with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.[5] Asamoah netted his first goal on 13 March 2011 - in the 1:0 away win over Chunnam Dragons.[6] He has established himself as an influential player for the side.[7]

Daegu FC[edit]

Despite being one of Pohang Steeler's top goalscorers, Asamoah left Pohang Steelers as a Free Agent and on 20 February 2013 signed with Daegu FC.[8]

International career[edit]

In October 2006, Asamoah was named in the Ghana national football team squad for friendlies against Japan and South Korea, in which he made his international debut, he has now gone on to make another three appearances for Ghana and was looking to gain a place in Milovan Rajevac's squads for the 2010 African Cup of Nations and the World Cup. During the winter transfer window pause, the Ghana coach announced that although having many talented footballers in his team, he would keep an eye on Asamoah and eventually include him in the squad for the Cup, seeing as many Lokomotiv Sofia games as possible.

On 7 November 2011, Asamoah returned to the national team again for the first time since 2008. He was recalled to the national team for friendlies against Gabon and Sierra Leone by new head coach Goran Stevanović. On 15 November 2011, Asamoah scored his first international goal against Gabon in stoppage time to win the game 2-1 for Ghana.

International goals – Ghana[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 15 November 2011 Saint-Leu-la-Forêt, France  Gabon 2 – 1 2 – 1 International Friendly

Personal life[edit]

He is cousins with professional footballer Lloyd Owusu.[9]

References[edit]