Eric Akoto

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Eric Akoto
Eric Akoto - Kapfenberger SV.jpg
Personal information
Full name Eric Akoto
Date of birth (1980-06-20) 20 June 1980 (age 34)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 3 12 in)
Playing position Centre Back
Club information
Current team
Austria Klagenfurt
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998 Liberty Professionals
1998–2002 Grazer AK 54 (2)
2002–2004 Austria Wien 40 (4)
2004–2005 Rot-Weiß Erfurt 4 (0)
2005–2006 Admira Wacker 17 (1)
2006–2007 Grazer AK 25 (0)
2007–2008 Interblock 30 (1)
2008–2009 Kapfenberger SV 15 (0)
2009 Maccabi Ahi Nazareth 9 (0)
2009–2010 OFI Crete 3 (0)
2010–2011 North Queensland Fury 15 (0)
2011–2012 Floriana FC 15 (1)
2012– Austria Klagenfurt 5 (0)
National team
2000– Togo 56 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 May 2011

Eric Akoto (born 20 July 1980 in Accra, Ghana) is a naturalized Togolese football defender. He is currently playing for Austria Klagenfurt.

Club career[edit]

Akoto started his career in Ghana, at Liberty Professionals FC in 1998 before moving to Austria later that year to play for Grazer AK. In 2002, he moved to Austria Vienna, before moving to Germany in 2004 to play for FC Rot-Weiß Erfurt. On 1 June 2005 he moved back to Austria to play for VfB Admira Wacker Mödling.[1] In 2006 he once again moved to Grazer AK.[1] In July 2007 he moved to Slovenia signing for Interblock Ljubljana.[2]

In the January 2008 transfer window, Akoto went on trial with Football League Championship club Blackpool in England. [3] He moved in July 2008 from Slovenian PrvaLiga Telekom Slovenije club, Interblock Ljubljana to the Austrian Bundesliga club Kapfenberger SV.[4] In 2009, he moved to Maccabi Ahi Nazareth and later to OFI Crete.

North Queensland Fury[edit]

In July 2010, He signed with Australian A-league club North Queensland Fury FC where he plays as a central defender. In the Fury's round 3 match versus Melbourne Victory, Akoto was red carded after an incident involving Kevin Muscat, where the Victory defender would not let Akoto pick up his mouthguard and resulted in Akoto pushing Muscat to the ground.[5] Despite the incident being regarded as controversial by many media commentators, North Queensland opted against contesting the mandatory 1-week suspension.[6]

Floriana Football Club[edit]

In December 2011, he signed for Floriana FC, one of the most glorious teams in Malta with 25 league championships, including a record of four consecutive leagues, one of them with maximum points and no goals against. Floriana FC's most recent success was the 19th FA Trophy on 22 May 2011.

International career[edit]

Despite being born in the Ghanaian capital of Accra he plays for neighbouring Togo. He is the second person from Ghana who plays for Togo, the other is Richmond Forson.

He was part of the Togo squad in the 2006 World Cup finals where Togo were knocked out of the competition in the group stages.[1] Akoto was on the bus carrying the Togo team, which was attacked by gunfire on 8 January 2010.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Akoto joins Grazer AK". MTN Group. 6 July 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Okrepitev iz Toga" (in Slovenian). Interblock Ljubljana. 9 July 2007. Archived from the original on 16 July 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Grayson casts net worldwide for signings". Blackpool Gazette. 8 January 2008. Retrieved 8 January 2008. 
  4. ^ "SV Kapfenberg holt Eric Akoto ins Boot: Togolese war bereits bei GAK, Austria tätig" (in German). news.at. 15 July 2008. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Eric Akoto red card forgotten as NQ Fury prepare to tackle Melbourne Victory minus Kevin Muscat". Courier Mail. 15 September 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  6. ^ "NQ Fury opt against Kevin Muscat complaint after Eric Akoto red card". Courier Mail. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 27 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Stewart, Antony (6 July 2010). "Fury offers new life away from horrors". townsvillebulletin.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2013. 

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