Alhassan Wakaso

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Alhassan Wakaso
Personal information
Date of birth (1992-01-07) 7 January 1992 (age 27)
Place of birth Tamale, Ghana
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder / Defender
Club information
Current team
Vitória Guimarães
Number 25
Youth career
2009–2011 Portimonense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2013 Portimonense 57 (3)
2013–2017 Rio Ave 84 (1)
2014Portimonense (loan) 13 (2)
2017 Lorient 13 (0)
2017– Vitória Guimarães 22 (1)
National team
2019– Ghana 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 September 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 March 2019

Alhassan Wakaso (born 7 January 1992) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club Vitória Guimarães as a defensive midfielder or a central defender.

Club career[edit]

Born in Tamale, Wakaso arrived in Portugal in 2009 at the age of 17, signing with Portimonense S.C. in the second division. On 28 October of the following year, when he was still a junior, he made his debut for the first team, featuring in a 2–3 away loss against C.D. Aves for the season's League Cup.[1][2]

Wakaso was definitely promoted to the Algarve club's main squad for the 2011–12 campaign. On 23 December 2012, with the side still in the second level, he scored his first goal as a professional, in a 2–1 league win at Vitória de Guimarães B.[3]

Wakaso moved to the Primeira Liga on 20 June 2013, signing with Rio Ave F.C. for three years.[4] He made his debut in the competition on 18 August, starting and being replaced late into a 3–0 away triumph over C.F. Os Belenenses.[5]


He made his debut for the Ghana national football team on 26 March 2019 in a friendly against Mauritania.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Wakaso's older brother, Mubarak, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Spain.


  1. ^ "Africanos vão chegar na terça-feira" [Africans will arrive on Tuesday]. Record (in Portuguese). 27 December 2010. Archived from the original on 14 January 2011. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  2. ^ "Wakaso: "Chegar a um grande é o meu objetivo"" [Wakaso: "My goal is to make it to a big club"]. Record (in Portuguese). 13 December 2012. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  3. ^ "V. Guimarães B-Portimonense, 1–2: Mica salva ao cair do pano" [V. Guimarães B-Portimonense, 1–2: Mica the saviour at the nick of time]. Record (in Portuguese). 23 December 2012. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Wakaso confirmado" [Wakaso confirmed]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 June 2013. Archived from the original on 11 December 2013. Retrieved 9 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Rio Ave inicia campeonato com triunfo no Restelo" [Rio Ave start championship with win at the Restelo] (in Portuguese). TSF. 18 August 2013. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Ghana v Mauritania game report". Footy Ghana. 26 March 2019.

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