Derek Asamoah

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Derek Asamoah
Derek Asamoah.jpg
Asamoah with Hamilton Academical in 2009
Personal information
Full name Derek Asamoah[1]
Date of birth (1981-05-01) 1 May 1981 (age 39)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position(s) Winger, 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 (10)
2004–2005 Mansfield Town 30 (5)
2005–2006 Lincoln City 35 (2)
2006Chester City (loan) 17 (8)
2006–2007 Shrewsbury Town 39 (10)
2007–2009 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)
2014–2016 Carlisle United 67 (10)
2016–2017 Carlisle United 8 (0)
2017 Guiseley 15 (1)
2018– Haringey Borough 1 (2)
National team
2006–2011 Ghana 4 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 30 June 2017 (UTC)

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

Club career[edit]

Early career[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.

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 down Scunthorpe United.[2]

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


In August 2007, Asamoah moved to French Ligue 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, 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.[3]

He never made a first-team appearance for the club. As a result of this, he had not played domestic football in over 18-months at the end of January 2009, when left Nice 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 for Bulgaria.[4]

Pohang Steelers[edit]

In November 2010, Asamoah signed with South Korean side Pohang Steelers. His contract was for three years.[5] On 5 March 2011, he made his official debut (as a starter) in the 1–1 home draw with Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma.[6] Asamoah netted his first goal on 13 March 2011 – in the 1–0 away win over Chunnam Dragons.[7] He established himself as an influential player for the side.[8]

Daegu FC[edit]

Despite being one of Pohang Steeler's top goalscorers, Asamoah left them as a Free Agent and on 20 February 2013 signed with Daegu FC.[9]

Carlisle United[edit]

Asamoah signed for League Two club Carlisle United on a short-term deal on 21 October 2014. He scored on his debut in a 4–3 home defeat to Burton Albion two days later.[10] On 4 February, he signed a contract to keep him at Brunton Park until the end of the season. He described the club as a "sleeping giant" and hopes to help guide the Cumbrians back towards the top of the European game.[11]

On 23 September 2015, in a Football League Cup tie against Liverpool, Asamoah scored the second goal of the match, with the match ending 1–1 before extra time. Carlisle United lost the tie eventually on penalties in a 2–3 result.[12]

He was released June 2016, but in September he returned to the club for training. After scoring a hat trick in a reserve game, Asamoah resigned for the club on 14 October 2016 on a short-term deal. After making 11 appearances in all competitions, Asamoah was released by Carlisle on 16 January 2017.


On 20 January 2017, Asamoah signed for National League side Guiseley until the end of the season. He left the club again in the summer 2017.[13]

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[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]

Asamoah is the cousin of former professional footballer Lloyd Owusu, who has now retired.[14]


  1. ^ "Derek Asamoah". Barry Hugman's Footballers. Retrieved 16 April 2017.
  2. ^ "Town land striker". (requires registration). Retrieved 3 August 2006.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Derek Asamoah". ShrewsWeb. Retrieved 16 August 2007.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Asamoah makes Accies move
  5. ^ Локо София продаде Асамоа на Поханг Стийлърс
  6. ^ Pohang Steelers vs. Seongnam Match Report. 5 March 2011. Retrieved 6 March 2011.
  7. ^ Chunnam Dragons vs. Pohang Steelers Match Report
  8. ^ Derek Asamoah shines in South Korea, he is knocking hard on Black Stars coach Goran Stevanovic's door Archived 15 February 2013 at
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2013.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Carlisle 3–4 Burton". BBC. 21 October 2014. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  11. ^ BBC Cumbria Sport [@bbccumbriasport] (5 February 2015). "CARLISLE: Forward Derek Asamoah signs a new deal until the end of the season #BBCFootball" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  12. ^ Oliver, Pete (24 September 2015). "Liverpool 1 Carlisle 1 (3–2 pens): Pressure mounts on Rodgers as Reds scrape through". Daily Star. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  13. ^ Four strikers among eight players leaving Guiseley‚, 12 June 2017
  14. ^

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