John Antwi

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John Antwi
Personal information
Full name John Antwi Duku
Date of birth (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 26)[1]
Place of birth Sekondi, Ghana[2]
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Misr Lel-Makkasa SC
Number 29
Youth career
2008–2010 Dreams F.C.
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2012 Sekondi Eleven Wise 0 (0)
2013–2015 Ismaily 47 (28)
2015 Al Shabab 11 (4)
2015– Al Ahly SC 20 (3)
2016–Misr Lel-Makkasa SC (loan) 33 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 11 February 2018

John Antwi Duku (born 6 August 1992) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for the Egyptian side Misr Lel-Makkasa SC, on loan from Al Ahly SC, in the Egyptian Premier League as a Striker.[1][3]

Club career[edit]

Dreams F.C.[edit]

The footballing career of John Antwi began with Dreams F.C., a Ghanaian club that competed in the third division of the league.[4] While playing for Dreams F.C. he was invited to the 2010–2011 preseason training programme of Accra Hearts of Oak SC. The invitation was proved fruitful as his form showed by scoring five goals in seven friendly matches.[2][4]

Sekondi Eleven Wise F.C.[edit]

Antwi began his professional football career with Sekondi Eleven Wise in the Ghanaian coastal city of Sekondi in 2011.[4] After a year playing in the league he joined Ismaily in December 2012 on a five-year deal. He was purchased for two hundred and fifty thousand US$.[5]

Egyptian Clubs trials[edit]

The performances of Antwi earned him trials with Egyptian sides Al Ahly and Beni Suef Telephones before joining Ismaily.[1][4][5]

Ismaily SC[edit]

John Antwi settled quickly to life in the Egyptian league.[6] In his first season with Ismaily SC he scored a total of nine goals in as many official games he played with them.[1][7] Prior to the cancellation of the Egyptian Premier League due the June 2013 political crisis, John scored two goals in CAF Confederation Cup matches, two goals in the Egypt Cup and five goals in the Egyptian Premier League.[4][5][8][9] In the second season with Ismaily in the Egyptian league he scored 11 goals in 16 matches to get the top scorer of the league.

As at the end of the day two of the 2013–2014 Egyptian Premier League, Antwi was the leading top scorer with four goals.[5][6][10]

Al Shabab FC[edit]

On 26 January 2015, Antwi joined the Saudi Arabian side Al Shabab after Ismaily agreed to a deal for $2,200,000 in a two-and-half-year contract.[11]

On 6 February, Antwi made his club debut as a replacement for Abdulmajeed Al Sulaiheem in the 52nd minute against Al Khaleej, but he failed to score as the match ended in 1–0 away defeat.[12]

On 12 February, Antwi was chosen for the starting XI for the match against Al Fateh, he scored his first goal for the club in the 61st minute as the match ended 2–2.[13]

On June 15, Antwi signed a four-year deal with Al Ahly.[14]

Al Ahly[edit]

The match of his career with Al-Ahly was against El-Gouna in round of 16 of the Egyptian cup. He scored a "Super Hatrick" as the match ended with a record of 13/0 for Al-Ahly. On 22 September in the final game of the Egyptian cup against Zamalek, he failed to score any goal. The match ended 2/0 for Zamalek. He was awarded the "Golden Shoe" trophy by scoring 4 goals in the Egyptian cup.

National career[edit]

The goal scoring exploits of John Antwi are closely monitored in his home country of Ghana. In mid-2013 there were several calls for the player to be included in the Ghana National Football Team, the Black Stars, for the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification matches.[15] Though the player was omitted from the national team, his form has continued to encourage the handlers of the national team who continue to watch his progress.[6][15][16]

Youth career[edit]

Antwi was named as a member of the provisional team for the 2013 FIFA U-20 Youth Championships.[17]

Senior career[edit]

He was called up to the senior Ghana squad for a World Cup qualifier against Uganda in October 2017.[18]


Player profile

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  2. ^ a b "John Antw". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  3. ^ "Ghanaian goal-hound John Antwi hits another brace for Ismaily in Egypt Premier League – GHANA SOCCER NET". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d e "John Antwi. Biography". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d "Meet John Antwi, the Egyptian Premier League top scorer". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Egypt league top-scorer John Antwi eyes Black Stars call-up". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Home / Featured / John Antwi setting Egypt ablaze John Antwi setting Egypt ablaze". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  8. ^ "John Antwi seals three points for Ismaily with a brace against El Daklyeh". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  9. ^ "The 20-year-old has become a center of attraction in Egypt after scoring two goals for Ismaily against Daklyeh over the weekend". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  10. ^ "Video: Ghanaian Striker John Antwi Grabs Brace For Ismaili In Egyptian League". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  11. ^ "John Antwi finalizes move to Al Shabab". Kingfut. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  12. ^ "John Antwi tastes defeat in Al Shabab debut". GhanaWeb. Retrieved 7 February 2015.
  13. ^ "John Antwi opens Al Shabab account after his first goal". AllSports. Retrieved 19 February 2015.
  14. ^ "John Antwi pens four-year deal with Al-Ahly". KingFut. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Striker John Antwi knocking on the door of Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah". Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  16. ^ "Egypt league top-scorer John Antwi eyes Black Stars call-up". Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  17. ^ "Ghanaian youngster John Antwi scores for Ismaily in Egypt". Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  18. ^ "John Antwi included as Ghana announce squad for Uganda qualifier". 27 September 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2018.