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 35 (1)
National team
2008– Ghana 62 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 September 2016.

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 September 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 in the United States.[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, and in November 2008, he won the One Touch best player award.[3] Affulinho 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 Columbus Crew on August 22, 2015, against Sporting KC in a 3-2 win.

International career[edit]

Ghana national team[edit]

Afful plays at international level for his native Ghana and his first full match was in Ghana's 2–1 loss to Mexico on Wednesday March 26, 2008. He played as left fullback in this match.[8]

He captained the Black Stars for the first time in their 3-2 victory over Congo on Tuesday September 1, 2015.[9]

2008 African Cup of Nations

Afful was part of the Ghana squad for the 2008 African Cup of Nations which was hosted on his home soil. His debut match was against the Ivory Coast in the 2008 26th MTN African Cup of Nations hosted by Ghana.

He was part of the 2015 African Cup of Nations team that won a silver medal.

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played on 11 May 2014.[10]
Team Season Ghana Premier
League
Ghanaian
FA Cup
CAF Champions
League
Ghana
Super Cup
CAF
Confederation Cup
Other
Tournaments1
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
Feyenoord Academy 2005–2006
2006–2007
Total
Asante Kotoko 2007–2008
2008–2009
Total
Team Season CLP-1 Tunisian
President Cup
CAF Champions
League
Tunisian
Super Cup
CAF
Confederation Cup
Other
Tournaments1
Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
Espérance 2008–2009
2009–2010 19 2 10 1 29 3 2 0
2010–2011 17 0 11 1 28 1 4 0
2011–2012 16 0 11 0 2 0 29 0 2 0
2012–2013 17 3 10 0 27 3 4 0
2013–2014 27 4 4 2 31 6 1 0
Total 96 9
Career Total

1Continental and other competitions include:

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. ^ "Ghana 1-2 Mexico". soccernet.espn.go.com. ESPN Soccernet. March 26, 2008. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  9. ^ "First-time captain Harrison Afful happy to lead Black Stars to win over Congo". Ghana Soccernet. Ghana Soccernet. Retrieved 25 September 2015. 
  10. ^ "Harrison Afful". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  11. ^ "Afful, Harrison". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 

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