Ransford Osei

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Ransford Osei
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Ransford Osei playing for the Ghana national football team
Personal information
Full name Ransford Osei
Date of birth (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 23)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Asante Kotoko
Number 13
Youth career
2000–2002 Adelaide
2002–2005 Medeama
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Medeama 30 (3)
2007–2008 Legia Warsaw (loan) 1 (0)
2008–2011 Maccabi Haifa 11 (1)
2008 Berekum Chelsea (loan) 2 (1)
2009–2010 FC Twente (loan) 0 (0)
2011 Granada (loan) 0 (0)
2012 Bloemfontein Celtic 4 (1)
2012– Asante Kotoko 10 (2)
National team
2007 Ghana U17 7 (6)
2009 Ghana U20 7 (4)
2007– Ghana 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 December 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 December 2013

Ransford Osei (born 5 December 1990) is a professional footballer, who plays as a striker for Asante Kotoko and the Ghana national football team.

Career[edit]

Osei began his career at his homeland club Kessben. On 28 February 2008 Ransford Osei was set to join Polish club Legia Warszawa on a six month loan contract which gave the Polish club the option to buy the player during that time. Due to a work permit issue, the transfer was blocked by FIFA. Osei stayed in Kessben.[1]

In 2008 he joined Israel based side Maccabi Haifa on loan. He subsequently signed a three year contract of employment.[2]

In July 2009 he joined Dutch side FC Twente on a year long loan deal.[3]

After a short trial period, South African club Bloemfontein Celtic gave Ransford Osei a six month contract in January 2012.[4][5]

In July 2012, Osei signed a contract with the twenty-two times champions of Ghana and two times champions of Africa, Asante Kotoko.

International[edit]

A Striker described by FIFA.com as "an opportunistic goal machine"[6] with superb pace and movement,[7] young free-scoring sensation Osei was recognized by World Soccer Magazine as one of the 50 Most Exciting Teenagers on the Planet in their November 2007 Issue.

When it comes to designing the perfect striker, he has one particular model in mind. "I'd love to have Patrick Kluivert's heading ability, the speed and ball control of Samuel Eto'o and the finishing skills of Thierry Henry. I've got a few videos of him that I watch very closely". "Whenever I miss chances I can't sleep at night," Osei, the adidas Silver Shoe winner at the 2007 U-17 World Cup, tells FIFA.com. "I go through them over and over again in my mind, replaying them until I find the exact movement I should have made out on the pitch. When I'm sure I've learned my lesson I relax a little bit, but even then I know I'm not going to sleep that well.".[6]

2007 African Under-17 Championship[edit]

Second place, Silver (Golden Boot)

2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup[edit]

On August 20 he found the net twice in the 12 and 44th minute against Trinidad and Tobago in Ghana's 4–1 win during their first group game.[8] Osei went on to score two more goals against Germany and Colombia, to take Ghana into the last sixteen of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where they met and defeated favorites Brazil despite playing the entire second half with only ten men[9]

On September 1, Osei set up the first goal and scored the second as the Ghanaians beat Peru 2–0 to take them into the U-17 semi-final match against Spain.[10]

Osei finished the U-17 World Cup with the Adidas Silver Shoe as the competitions second highest goalscorer,[11] coming second by one goal to Macauley Chrisantus of Nigeria. He scored his sixth and final goal of the Tournament came in the third place play-off in the tournament as Ghana lost 2–1 to Germany.

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup[edit]

Osei scored in his first game against Uzbekistan in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup one goal and played 90 minutes.[12] He scored also another goal in his second game against England national under-20 football team and played 85 minutes.[13]

Senior internationals[edit]

On November 13, 2007, three weeks before his 17th birthday, he received his first senior International call-up from Ghana coach Claude Le Roy for a FIFA International friendly match against Togo at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, Ghana, on November 18, 2007[14] after bagging a superb hat-trick against Togo's U17 team[15] in a Junior International friendly at the same venue on Sunday November 11, 2007. He was selected among the nations 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad even though he didn't appear in any of the matches. Ghana won silver in that tournament.

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played on 15 December 2013.
Club Season Division League Cup1 Continental2 Other3 Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Assists
Medeama 2005–06 Ghana Premier League 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 1 0
2006–07 17 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 17 2 0
Legia Warsaw (loan) 2007–08 Ekstraklasa 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Maccabi Haifa 2008–09 Israeli Premier League 11 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 1 0
Berekum Chelsea (loan) 2008–09 Ghana Premier League 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0
FC Twente (loan) 2009–10 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Maccabi Haifa 2010–11 Israeli Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Granada (loan) 2011–12 La Liga 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Bloemfontein Celtic 2011–12 ABSA Premiership 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1 0
Asante Kotoko 2012–13 Ghana Premier League 10 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 10 2 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career Total 58 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 58 8 0

1Includes the Ghanaian FA Cup and the Ghana Super Cup.
2African competitions include the CAF Champions League, CAF Confederations Cup and the CAF Super Cup.
3Other tournaments include the FIFA Club World Cup.

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Poland Legia Warsaw

Israel Maccabi Haifa

Netherlands FC Twente

Ashanti Empire Ghana Asante Kotoko

National team[edit]

Ghana

Ghana U-17
Ghana U-20
Ghana

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FC Twente huurt Talente
  2. ^ Kickoff Ghana (2008-11-13). "Osei gets Maccabi contract". Kickoff Ghana. Retrieved 2008-11-19. 
  3. ^ "FC Twente sign two Africans". BBC News. 2009-07-16. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  4. ^ "Celtic sign top-rated Ghanaian". bloemfonteincelticfc.co.za (Bloemfontein Celtic FC). 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  5. ^ "Ransford Osei signs six-month deal with Bloem Celtic". Ghanasoccernet. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  6. ^ a b FIFA (2007-09-17). "Osei keen to have the last word". FIFA. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  7. ^ "African Under-17 Hottest Starlets". Goal.com. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  8. ^ "Ghana shine against T&T". FIFA. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2007-08-27. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Ghana U-17 stun Brazil". BBC. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  10. ^ "Ghana through to semis". BBC. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  11. ^ "Shining starlets pocket prizes". FIFA. 2007-09-17. Retrieved 2007-09-17. 
  12. ^ Ghana 2:1 (0:0) Usbekistan
  13. ^ Ghana 4:0 (1:0) England
  14. ^ Ghana FA (2007-11-13). "Starlets duo get senior's call". Ghanafa.org. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  15. ^ "Starlets re-open stadium with 4–1 win". GhanaFA. 2007-11-12. Retrieved 2007-11-12. 

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