Kofi Danning

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Kofi Danning
Kofi Danning.jpg
Danning playing for Sydney FC Youth in 2008
Personal information
Full name Duke Kofi Appiah Danning
Date of birth (1991-03-02) 2 March 1991 (age 23)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.71 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Striker / Right Winger
Club information
Current team
Brisbane Roar Youth
Youth career
Canberra FC
2007 O'Connor Knights
2007–2008 AIS
2008–2009 Sydney FC
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Sydney FC 22 (3)
2011–2012 Brisbane Roar 14 (1)
2012–2014 C.S. Visé 4 (0)
2014– Brisbane Roar Youth 6 (3)
National team
2009–2011 Australia U-20 30 (3)
2011– Australia U-23 3 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 November 2012.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:30, 7 August 2011 (UTC)

Duke Kofi Appiah Danning (born 2 March 1991) is an Ghanaian born Australian footballer who plays for Australian club, Brisbane Roar.

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Danning was born in Kumasi in southern central Ghana.[1] Kofi's mother initially moved to Australia on her own, and Kofi lived in Kumasi with his grandmother and extended family until he was reunited with his mother in Canberra at the age of seven.[2][3] Following his arrival in Canberra, he was educated Forrest Primary School, then followed on to High School at Telopea Park School in Barton, Australian Capital Territory making his mark on the school's sports teams. He later finished 11th and 12th grade under the talented sports program at Erindale College in Canberra.

Club career[edit]

After playing for Canberra FC and then the O'Connor Knights in the ACT Premier League, Danning was invited to train with the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) squad in 2007. He impressed then coach Steve O'Connor and his successor Ray Junna enough to claim a full scholarship, and spent the following year with the AIS team.[4]

Sydney FC[edit]

Following his appointment as Sydney FC youth coach for the inaugural National Youth League season, Steve O'Connor was quick to make Danning a member of his new squad. Danning was signed as a member of Sydney FC's inaugural National Youth League squad on 22 August 2008.[4] He was later billeted with a Ghanaian family in Sydney's south to allow him to become more settled.[3]

On 3 January 2009, Danning made his senior debut for Sydney FC against Adelaide United at the Adelaide Oval, appearing as a 71st minute substitute for club captain Steve Corica. The game was won 2–0 by Adelaide United.[5][6] On 11 January 2009, after he had come on as a 63rd minute substitute for Adam Biddle, he scored his first senior goal for Sydney FC, an 85th minute winner as Sydney FC defeated Wellington Phoenix 1–0 at the Sydney Football Stadium. Receiving the ball out on the left, Danning cut inside and squared the ball to Steve Corica. Corica then played a direct ball to Alex Brosque, who held off a defender on his back to flick the ball onto a flying Danning, who showed great poise to toe poke it past Phoenix and New Zealand national football team goalkeeper Glen Moss.[7][8][9]

The following week, Kofi Danning made his starting debut against Queensland Roar at Suncorp Stadium, and scored his second senior goal in the 25th minute of the game. Young defender Rhyan Grant rounded his Roar opponent and crossed deep for Danning, who sent a beautiful looping header over the outstretched arms of Roar goalkeeper Griffin McMaster to level the scores at 1–1. However, Sydney FC went on to lose 3–1, a result which ended their slim hopes of qualifying for the A-League 2008-09 finals series.[10][11] Danning also appeared as a 69th minute substitute for Shannon Cole in Sydney FC's final game of the A-League season, a 4–0 win over the last-placed Newcastle Jets at the Sydney Football Stadium on 25 January 2009.[12]

Danning finished the A-League 2008-09 season with four senior appearances and two senior goals.[13] He wore shirt number 35 in these four matches.[1] Following his promotion to the senior squad in January 2009, Danning signed a two-year contract with Sydney FC.[3] He has been given shirt number 11 for the A-League 2009-10 season.[14]

Although the A-League season ended in disappointment for Sydney FC's seniors, it was a very different story for the club's National Youth League squad, who finished as champions for the 2008–09 season. Kofi Danning made 16 appearances for the National Youth League team during the season, scoring four goals.[15] After they had clinched the National Youth League minor premiership by winning 13 and drawing two of their 18 regular season games,[16] Sydney FC progressed to the Grand Final where they met Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide on 21 February 2009. Despite their opponents' home advantage, Sydney FC ran out deserving 2–0 winners, with Kofi Danning's strong work in the penalty area leading to Robbie Mileski's sealing goal in the 77th minute.[17] In Danning's first game for the 2009–10 season against North Queensland Fury, Danning was involved in all 3 goals for the visitors with 1 goal and 2 assists. The result of this game was a 3–2 win to Sydney FC.

Danning tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a match against Melbourne Victory in December 2009 and is expected to be out of action for up to nine months.[18] Danning revealed he had the chance to re-sign with Sydney, but could not see his plight getting any better under Sky Blues coach Vitezslav Lavicka.[19]

Brisbane Roar[edit]

On 27 June 2011, Danning signed a two-year deal with A-League club Brisbane Roar.[20] He made his Roar debut off the bench in the side's 1–0 win over Central Coast Mariners.

C.S. Visé[edit]

It was announced at an open training session on 5 August 2012 that he had been transferred to C.S. Visé in Belgium, a sister club of Brisbane, both sharing the same owners.[21] Prior to the 2013-14 Season, Danning was required to undergo a full knee reconstruction following a serious knee injury. He was allowed to return to previous club, Brisbane Roar, to complete his rehabilitation whilst still remaining contracted to Vise under an agreement made possible due to the common ownership of the two clubs.[22]

International career[edit]

Born in Ghana but a resident of Australia since 1999, Danning had been caught up in FIFA's recent edict to tighten its international eligibility rules. After almost a year of lobbying by the FFA on the basis that genuine immigrants should not be penalised, FIFA declared in August 2009 that Danning would be granted an exemption and cleared to play for the Young Socceroos [23] in the 2009 under 20's World Cup in Egypt. He is current a member of the Australian under 19's squad currently playing in Indonesia in the AFC Qualification phase.

On 7 March 2011 he was selected to represent the Australia Olympic football team in an Asian Olympic Qualifier match against Iraq.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists Apps Goals Assists
Sydney FC 2008–09 A-League 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0
2009–10 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 1 1
2010–11 12 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 16 0 0
Sydney FC total 22 3 1 0 0 0 4 0 0 26 3 1
Brisbane Roar 2011–12 A-League 12 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 15 1 4
Brisbane Roar total 12 1 3 0 0 0 3 0 1 15 1 3
C.S. Visé 2012–13 Belgian Second Division 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
C.S. Visé total 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0
Career total 38 4 4 0 0 0 7 0 1 45 4 5

Honours[edit]

Australia
Sydney FC

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