Frank Acheampong

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Frank Acheampong
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Personal information
Full name Frank Opoku Acheampong
Date of birth (1993-10-16) 16 October 1993 (age 23)
Place of birth Asante Mampong, Ghana
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Playing position Forward, Winger, Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Tianjin Teda
Number 7
Youth career
2009–2010 King Faisal Babes
2010–2011 Berekum Chelsea
2011–2013 Buriram United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2013 Buriram United 65 (32)
2013– Anderlecht 116 (13)
2017– Tianjin Teda (loan) 5 (0)
National team
2012–2013 Ghana U20 5 (0)
2012– Ghana 20 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 9 September 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 17:24, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Frank Opoku Acheampong (born 16 October 1993) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a winger for Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda on loan from Anderlecht, and the Ghana national team.

Career[edit]

Early[edit]

He started his career with Ghanaian side, under the direction of Romain Krider, his first coach. He was invited for trials by Sheikh Mansour, who owns the English side Manchester City, to his base in Abu Dhabi, to be observed by Al-Jazeera, the other club he owns.[1] In 2010, he was on trial for Croatian club NK Osijek but he couldn't obtain a work permit.

Buriram United[edit]

In February 2011, he joined Thai League T1 side Buriram United. After his impressive performance in Thai League T1, Archeampong was invited for a trial with Scottish club Celtic in December 2012.[2] In January 2013 Acheampong moved to Belgian club R.S.C. Anderlecht on a loan spell until the end of the 2012–2013 season.

R.S.C. Anderlecht[edit]

On 16 April 2013, Acheampong signed for the Belgian champions R.S.C. Anderlecht for a fee of 1 million.[3] On 28 July, Acheampong made his first appearance for Anderlecht against KSC Lokeren; he came on in the 70th minute in a 2–3 loss.

In the 4–1 win over KAA Gent, he came on in the 69th minute and scored his first goal in Belgium.

Tianjin Teda[edit]

On 13 July 2017, Anderlecht announced that Acheampong had joined Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda on a six month loan. He made his debut on 22 July 2017.

International career[edit]

In August 2012, Acheampong was called up to the national team for the international friendly match against China PR in Xi'an. He made his debut in the starting lineup while Ghana drew 1–1 with China on 15 August. On 17 September Acheampong made his first UEFA Champions League appearance against Benfica; he came on as a substitute in the 46th minute; it ended as a victory for Benfica.

On 23 September 2012, he was made the captain of the Ghana U-20's. In a match against Morocco U-20 in 2013 African Youth Championship qualification, he scored twice as the Ghana U-20's won the match 4–1.[citation needed]

On 10 September 2013, Acheampong scored his first international goal for Ghana against Japan in an friendly match.

Statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of match played on 26 June 2016.
National team Season Apps Goals
Ghana 2011–12 2 1
2012–13 0 0
2013–14 1 0
2014–15 5 0
2015–16 1 1
2016–17 3 0
Total 12 2

International goals[edit]

No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 September 2013 International Stadium Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan  Japan 1–0 1–3 Friendly
2 24 March 2016 Accra Sports Stadium, Accra, Ghana  Mozambique 1–0 3–1 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Buriram United
RSC Anderlecht

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Video: Manchester City swoop for Ghana prodigy 'Messi' - GHANAsoccernet.com". GhanaSoccerNet.com. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "Celtic drop interest in Ghana winger Frank Acheampong". 13 December 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2017 – via www.BBC.com. 
  3. ^ "Anderlecht reject Lierse loan bid for Ghana’s Acheampong - Goal.com". Goal.com. 31 January 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2017. 

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