Issah Gabriel Ahmed
|Full name||Issah Gabriel Ahmed
or Issah Gabarel Ahmad
|Date of birth||May 24, 1982|
|Place of birth||Dawu, Ghana|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 August 2010.
Issah Gabriel Ahmed or Issah Gabarel Ahmad (born 24 May 1982) is a Ghanaian football defender who currently, as of May 2006, plays for Randers FC. In Ghana Issah is known for the nickname "Issah the rock" because of his strength in the defence.
Ahmed was signed by Randers for the 2006/07 season just after the World Cup 2006. Ahmed was not given much playing time during his start in Randers, and rumours were heard that he was only signed as an investment to be sold after the World Cup if he played well. However, Ahmed was not in Ghana's starting lineup in any matches in the tournament, despite having played the majority of the qualifying matches. This Ahmed described as an act of politics by the Ghana football association. Ahmed later gained a place in the starting eleven at Randers, being the regular partner of co-centerback Ralf Pedersen. During this period Ahmed was involved in the first red card given in Danish football caused by racism. Ahmed was the victim of Chris Sørensen's (former Randers player and international) verbal assault. After a tackle by Ahmed and a stop of play Chris Sørensen ran half the field to tell Ahmed, that "this is Denmark" which was interpreted as an act of racism.
In the 2008/2009 season Ahmed lost his place in the starting lineup to the new signing Robert Arzumanyan. However Ahmed signed a new contract with Randers in the end of July.
He usually plays central defence but often plays full-back and wing-back because of his speed, ball control and skill.
- Fifa 2006 World Cup Profile
- Official Danish Superliga stats
- Ghana Football Association – official website