Harrison Afful

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Harrison Afful
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Personal information
Full name Harrison Afful[1]
Date of birth (1986-07-24) 24 July 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Tema, Ghana
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Columbus Crew SC
Number 25
Youth career
Feyenoord Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2009 Feyenoord Academy 148 (7)
2007–2009 Asante Kotoko (loan) 68 (3)
2009–2015 Espérance Sportive de Tunis 183 (17)
2015– Columbus Crew SC 51 (3)
National team
2008– Ghana 65 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 22 April 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 October 2016

Harrison Afful (born 24 July 1986 in Tema), nicknamed The King, is a Ghanaian international footballer, who currently plays as a defender for Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC.[2]

Club career[edit]

Afful is a product of the Feyenoord Academy and had trials with Feyenoord and K.V. Mechelen in the summer of 2008. In November 2008, he won the Ghana Premier League best player award.[3] Afful went out on loan to Asante Kotoko from 2007 to 2009.[4]

Afful played in some friendly matches for Helsingborgs IF but could not firm up a deal,[5] and instead moved to Tunisian side Espérance. In the 2011 CAF Champions League Final Afful came on as a substitute in the second leg, scoring the game's only goal to win the continental title against Wydad Casablanca.[6]

On July 30, 2015, Afful signed a contract with Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew SC.[7] He made his debut for Crew SC on August 19, 2015 against New York City FC in a 2–2 draw. His first goal for the club came July 13, 2016 in a 1–1 draw with Toronto FC.[8]

International career[edit]

Afful plays at international level for his native Ghana. His first cap was earned during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, a 4–2 victory over Ivory Coast in the third place match on 9 February 2008.[9]

He captained the Black Stars for the first time in their 3-2 victory over Congo on September 1, 2015.[10]

Afful was part of the Ghana squads for the 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He also made two appearances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Statistics[edit]

International[edit]

As of match played on 27 September 2016.[11]
National team Year Apps Goals
Ghana 2008 9 0
2009 7 0
2010 1 0
2011 0 0
2012 5 0
2013 13 0
2014 9 0
2015 13 0
2016 5 0
Total 58 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 17. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Afful best Player
  4. ^ News & Events Feyenoord, Kotoko over Afful’s release
  5. ^ Afful fails to land Sweden deal
  6. ^ "Esperance crowned African champions with win over Wydad". BBC Sport. November 12, 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ http://www.columbuscrewsc.com/news/2015/07/crew-sc-signs-defender-harrison-afful
  8. ^ "Columbus Crew SC 1-1 Toronto FC". ColumbusCrewSC.com. 
  9. ^ "Ghana 4–2 Ivory Coast". cafonline50.com. 
  10. ^ "First-time captain Harrison Afful happy to lead Black Stars to win over Congo". Ghana Soccernet. Ghana Soccernet. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Afful, Harrison". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 

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