Godfred Karikari

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Godfred Karikari
2013 Godfred Karikari HKG.jpg
Godored Karikari playing for Hong Kong against UAE on 15 October 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-03-11) 11 March 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker / Winger
Club information
Current team
Qingdao Huanghai
Number 33
Youth career
2002–2004 Fukien
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Fukien
2005–2008 Rangers (HKG) 37 (16)
2008–2010 Happy Valley 44 (14)
2010–2012 TSW Pegasus 33 (20)
2012–2013 Henan Jianye 16 (1)
2014 Shenzhen Ruby 5 (1)
2014–2015 Beijing Baxy 35 (6)
2016– Qingdao Huanghai 24 (4)
National team
2012– Hong Kong 20 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 25 October 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 January 2017

Godfred Karikari[1] (born 11 March 1985) is a Hong Kong professional football player who currently plays for China League One club Qingdao Huanghai. He is left footed and plays as a striker or a winger.

Early life[edit]

Godfred Karikari was born to an affluent family in Ghana. He was a fast runner in his youth and was invited to join the school's track and field team. But he chose to play football instead. He was introduced to Hong Kong football by his manager and has not returned to Ghana since. His family members, whom he visits when he is on holiday, live in the United States and the United Kingdom today.[2]

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Godfred arrived in Hong Kong in 2002 and joined Fukien. In 2005, he moved to Rangers (HKG).

Happy Valley[edit]

Godfred moved to Happy Valley in January 2008. He scored 9 goals in the remainder of the season. Although the club decided to use a youth strategy for 2009-10 season, his contract was renewed. The club finished last of the 10 clubs in the season and Godfred left the club for TSW Pegasus.

TSW Pegasus[edit]

Godfred joined TSW Pegasus. On 11 September 2010, he scored 3 goals in TSW Pegasus' 5:1 victory over HKFC.[3] On 1 April 2011, he scored another hat-trick against Tai Chung FC in a 7:1 win.[4] In total, he scored 13 goals for TSW Pegasus in all local competitions in the 2010-11 season.[5]

In the 2011-12 season, Godfred continued his good form by scoring 6 goals in 3 games, including a hat-trick against Sham Shui Po on 24 September 2011.[6] Godfred was voted Most Valuable Player of Month in September 2011 by the Hong Kong Sports Press Association.[7]

Henan Jianye[edit]

On 13 June 2012, Godfred moved to mainland China and signed a contract with Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye.[8] He joined as a Hong Kong Chinese player and therefore not occupying any foreigners quotas of the club.[9] He made his debut for Henan on 23 June, in a 0-0 away draw against Dalian Shide.[10] His first goal for Henan came on 4 days later, which ensured Henan beat Chongqing Lifan 2–0 in the third round of 2012 Chinese FA Cup.[11]

Shenzhen Ruby[edit]

In February 2014, Godfred transferred to China League One side Shenzhen Ruby.[12]

Beijing Baxy[edit]

In July 2014, Godfred transferred to another China League One club Beijing Baxy.[13]

Qingdao Huanghai[edit]

On 4 January 2016, Godfred signed by another China League One club Qingdao Huanghai.[14]

International career[edit]

Godfred has spent more than seven years playing football in Hong Kong. He received his Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card on 7 February 2011. But his lack of a Hong Kong SAR passport means he is unable to be registered as a Hong Kong player in 2011 AFC Cup and also not able to represent Hong Kong in international matches.[15] But due to his late application, he won't receive his passport and thus cannot represent Hong Kong until November 2011.[16] On 2 December, he was called up by caretaker Hong Kong coach Liu Chun Fai for the 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup squad.[17] Godfred Karikari scored on his debut for Hong Kong in the 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup as the match ended 2-2.[18]

Godfred has yet to obtain his Hong Kong passport, but is still being drafted into new head coach Ernie Merrick's 27-member training squad. "I was told the passport is ready and the only thing the Hong Kong Immigration Department needs is a confirmation letter from the Ghana government that I have given up my original nationality, normally, it can take some time, but I have written to the Ghana government, pressuring them to give me the papers as soon as possible. It's my dream to play for Hong Kong at international level. I hope the good news can come soon so that I can be part of the team." [19] On 11 April 2012, Hong Kong head coach Ernie Merrick confirmed that Godfred Karikari's nationality change has been approved and he can now represent Hong Kong. Merrick considers his addition to the team will be very helpful.[20]

Godfred scored his first international goal for Hong Kong against Bhutan on 11 June 2015 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

As of 15 October 2013
# Date Venue Opponent Result Scored Competition
28 December 2011 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong Guangdong 2–2 1 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup
1 January 2012 Huizhou Olympic Stadium, Huizhou, China Guangdong 0–0 (5–4 PSO) 0 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup
1 1 June 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong  Singapore 1–0 0 Friendly
2 10 June 2012 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong  Vietnam 1–2 0 Friendly
6 September 2013 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar  Myanmar 0–0 0 Friendly
3 10 September 2013 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong  Singapore 1–0 0 Friendly
4 15 October 2013 Hong Kong Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong  United Arab Emirates 0–4 0 Friendly
5 15 November 2013 Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates  United Arab Emirates 0–4 0 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

 Hong Kong

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 July 2016
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hong Kong League FA Cup & Shield League Cup Asia Total
2002–03 Fukien First Division
2003–04 3 0 0 3
2004–05 13 1 3 0 2 0 18 1
2005–06 Rangers First Division 12 4 1 0 3 1 16 5
2006–07 17 9 2 0 3 2 22 11
2007–08 8 3 2 1 0 0 10 4
Happy Valley First Division 6 1 1 1 1 1 8 3
2008–09 22 9 2 0 1 0 25 9
2009–10 16 4 1 0 17 4
2010–11 TSW Pegasus First Division 16 9 3 3 2 1 0 0 21 13
2011–12 17 11 7 1 3 0 27 12
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2012 Henan Jianye Super League 9 0 2 1 11 1
2013 League One 7 1 0 0 7 1
2014 Shenzhen Ruby 5 1 0 0 5 1
Beijing Baxy 13 3 0 0 13 3
2015 22 3 5 1 27 4
2016 Qingdao Huanghai 10 3 0 0 10 3
Total Hong Kong 0 0
China PR 66 11 7 2 0 0 0 0 73 13
Career total 0 0

International goals[edit]

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 June 2015 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong  Bhutan 7–0 7–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 8 September 2015 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong  Qatar 2–3 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 6 October 2016 Olympic Stadium, Cambodia  Cambodia 1–0 2–0 Friendly

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Chinese: 高梵·卡里卡利; Jyutping: Gou1 Faan4 Kaa1 Lei5 Kaa1 Lei6
  2. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK))高梵心繫香港 Ta Kung Pao. 李恆基. 28 December 2011.
  3. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 高梵連中三元 飛馬大破港會開齋 Wen Wei Po. 11 September 2010
  4. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 南華贏公民4強撼晨曦 Oriental Daily. 1 April 2011.
  5. ^ 2010-11 Top Scorers www.hkfa.com Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  6. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 港甲天水圍飛馬4比0大勝深水埗 Commercial Radio Hong Kong. 24 September 2011.
  7. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 高梵當選體記協會 「9月最有價值球員」 Wen Wei Po. 31 October 2011.
  8. ^ (in simplified Chinese) 建业签香港籍锋将 原籍加纳完成二次转会首签 QQ.com. 13 June 2012.
  9. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 高梵轉戰中超 今投河南建業 Goal.com. 13 June 2012.
  10. ^ (in simplified Chinese) 高梵首秀徐洋击中横梁 大连实德0-0战平河南建业 Shangdu. 23 June 2012.
  11. ^ (in simplified Chinese) 足协杯-卡通戈高梵破门 河南建业2-0力帆将战恒大 Sina. 27 June 2012.
  12. ^ (in simplified Chinese) 红钻签下了五名内援 Sina. 1 March 2014.
  13. ^ (in simplified Chinese) 八喜最后一名新外援亮相 高梵展示33号战袍(图) Sohu. 29 July 2014.
  14. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 中甲浪人高梵又轉會 Apple Daily. 6 January 2016.
  15. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 足球 科夫高梵領港身份證 Apple Daily. 8 February 2011
  16. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 高梵錯過為港出戰龍騰盃 Hong Kong Daily News. Retrieved 22 September 2011.
  17. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 麥基、高梵被召踢省港盃 Apple Daily. 2 December 2011.
  18. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK)) 鄭少偉高梵各入一球 港隊和波唔抵! Apple Daily. 29 December 2011.
  19. ^ Karikari just waiting on passport to play South China Morning Post. SOCCER. Chan Kin-wa. 3 February 2012.
  20. ^ (in traditional Chinese (HK))高梵可代表港足踢國際賽 Wen Wei Po. 12 April 2012.

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