Michael Anaba

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Michael Anaba
Personal information
Full name Michael Anaba
Date of birth (1993-12-30) 30 December 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 26
Youth career
Real Republicans
Feyenoord Academy
Windy Professionals
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 Windy Professionals
2011–2013 Asante Kotoko ? (1)
2013– Elche B 48 (5)
2015– Elche 1 (0)
National team
2012– Ghana U20 4 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 April 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 11 July 2013

Michael Anaba (born 30 December 1993) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Spanish side Elche CF as a midfielder.[1]

Club career[edit]

Born in Kumasi, Anaba started his professional football career with Windy Professionals, a division two football team based in Winneba.[2] He joined Asante Kotoko in September 2011,[3] and featured regularly for the side, also winning the Ghana Premier League in the 2012–13 campaign.[4]

In January 2013 Kotoko blocked Anaba's move to Valencia CF.[5] He was also linked to Parma F.C. in the same transfer window, but nothing came of it.

In late July 2013, Anaba joined Elche CF in a trial basis. On 13 August, the club agreed a fee with Kotoko,[6] and the player signed a four-year deal late in the month.[7]

Anaba was initially assigned to the reserves in Segunda División B. In July 2014 he was called up to the main squad for the pre-season,[8] being definitely promoted to the first-team in the following month.

On 11 October 2014 Anaba returned to the B-side, due to the lack of opportunities in the main squad.[9] He only made his first team debut on 30 August 2015, playing the last 13 minutes in a 2–1 Segunda División home win against Bilbao Athletic.[10]

International career[edit]

Anaba was a member of the Ghana under-20's during the 2013 African U-20 Championship qualification for the 2013 African U-20 Championship. In 2013, he was named in Sellas Tetteh's 23-man squad for the 2013 tournament, hosted in Algeria.[11] He was appoited vice-captain, and featured regularly during the tournament.[12]

Anaba was also selected to 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup hosted in Turkey.[13] He was used mainly as a substitute during the competition, but started and captained his side in a 1–2 loss against France.[14] Anaba also appeared in the third-place match, again from the bench in a 3–0 win against Iraq.[15]




  1. ^ "Exclusive: Kotoko agree to sell Michael Anaba to Elche". Ghana Soccernet. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Michael Anaba seals 3-year deal with Spanish side, Elche CF". Ghana Business. Retrieved 19 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Windy Professionals duo aspire to impress at Kotoko". Asante Kotoko SC. 19 September 2011. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Asante Kotoko retain Ghana Premier League title with Amidaus win". Ghana Soccernet. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Asante Kotoko block Michael Anaba's move to Valencia". Ghana Soccernet. 28 January 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kotoko agree to sell Michael Anaba to Elche". Goal.com. 13 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Kotoko midfielder Anaba joins Elche". Goal.com. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Ex-Ghana youth star Michael Anaba leaves for Elche pre-season with high hopes". Ghana Soccernet. 6 July 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "El filial del Elche busca su primera victoria a domicilio" [Elche's reserves hunts their first away victory] (in Spanish). ABC. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Remontada para la primera victoria de la 'era Baraja'" [Comeback for the first win of the 'Baraja era'] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  11. ^ "Ghana names final squad for U-20 finals". GhanaFA.org. Retrieved 27 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "Kotoko's Michael Anaba named deputy skipper for Black Satellites". goal.com. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Revealed: Ghana’s final 21-man squad for U-20 World Cup". All Sports. Retrieved 8 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Thauvin-inspired France make history". FIFA.com. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  15. ^ "Three A's see Ghana finish third". FIFA.com. 13 July 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013. 

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