Illiasu Shilla

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This article is about the Ghanaian football defender. For the Korean kingdom, see Silla.
Illiasu Shilla
Personal information
Full name Illiasu Shilla Alhassan
Date of birth (1982-10-26) 26 October 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Tamale, Ghana
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
2001–2002 Real Republicans
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 King Faisal Babes 69 (3)
2005–2006 Asante Kotoko 32 (6)
2006–2008 FC Saturn 29 (1)
2010 Real Tamale United 4 (0)
2011–2013 Impuls Dilijan 52 (1)
National team
2006–2008 Ghana 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 14 October 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 October 2015

Illiasu Shilla Alhassan (born 26 October 1982 in Tema[1]) is a Ghanaian football defender who last played for Impuls Dilijan in Armenia.


Illiasu was born in Tamale, Ghana, and began his career in Kumasi with Real Republicans—a youth club—and then King Faisal Babes, where he played in two successive campaigns in the African Confederations Cup in 2004 and 2005.

The tough tackling defender then moved to glamour club Asante Kotoko and won a place in Ghana’s squad for the 2006 World Cup, despite having never played for the national team, and was only one of just four domestic-based players.[2]

Shilla replaced Issah Ahmed at Kotoko in January 2006, and his performances in recent months were enough to convince coach Ratomir Dujkovic to take him to Germany.[3]

His impressive performances at the World Cup grabbed the attentions of a number of big European clubs. After trials at Arsenal and Blackburn Rovers he eventually joined Russian club FC Saturn.[4]

Shilla's contract with Saturn was cancelled in 2008. He then returned to Ghana and had to spend three years recovering from an ankle injury. He restarted his football career in 2011, signing with top-flight club Real Tamale United.[5]

Personal life[edit]

His older brother Shilla Alhassan, plays with him by Real Tamale United and played formerly for Guan United FC.[6]