Samuel Inkoom

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Samuel Inkoom
Samuel Inkoom.jpg
Inkoom with Dnipro in 2011
Personal information
Full name Samuel Inkoom[1]
Date of birth (1989-06-01) 1 June 1989 (age 28)
Place of birth Sekondi-Takoradi, Ghana
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Playing position Right back
Youth career
1999–2000 Junior Juventus Academy
2000–2007 Windy Professionals
Football Academy
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2007–2008 Sekondi Hasaacas
2008–2009 Asante Kotoko 26 (7)
2009–2011 Basel 43 (1)
2011–2014 Dnipro 27 (0)
2013 Bastia (loan) 4 (0)
2014 Platanias (loan) 15 (0)
2014 D.C. United 2 (0)
2015–2016 Boavista 8 (0)
2016 Antalyaspor 15 (0)
2017 Vereya 12 (0)
National team
2009 Ghana U20 6 (0)
2008– Ghana 46 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 June 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 June 2015

Samuel Inkoom (born 1 June 1989) is a Ghanaian international professional footballer who plays as a defender. Inkoom has represented the Ghana national team since 2008. He has played in teams based in 8 different countries , namely Switzerland, Ukraine, France, Greece, United States of America, Portugal, Turkey and latest in Bulgaria.

Club career[edit]

Inkoom began his career with Sekondi Hasaacas in his native Ghana.[2] He later moved to Asante Kotoko SC in Ghana.

On 26 April 2009 he moved for an undisclosed fee from Asante Kotoko to FC Basel in the Swiss Super League on a three-year contract.[3][4][5] He made his Basel debut in a 2–0 defeat to FC St. Gallen on 12 July 2009, at the AFG Arena.[6] He was a member of their double trophy winning team in 2010.[7][8]

On 23 January 2011 Inkoom moved to FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of the Ukrainian Premier League. On 30 October 2011 in a league game against FC Karpaty Lviv, Inkoom received a yellow card for taking his shirt off while leaving the pitch to be substituted by Yevhen Shakhov. This was Inkoom's second yellow card of the game and he received a red card and Shakhov could not come on.[9] His side were able to hold out for the 2–0 away win though.[10]

In February 2013 Inkoom moved to Bastia of the French Ligue 1 for the rest of the 2013-14 season.[11] The following season Inkoom again moved on six-month loan, this time to Greek side Platanias in January 2014.[12]

In September 2014, Inkoom signed with D.C. United of Major League Soccer on a free transfer. Personal terms were not disclosed.[13]

On December 8, 2014, Inkoom was traded to Houston Dynamo along with Joe Willis, in exchange for Andrew Driver and a fourth-round 2016 MLS SuperDraft pick. However, he did not sign with the club.[14]

On June 11, 2015 Inkoom joined Boavista of the Portuguese Primeira Liga on a three-year-deal.[15]

On 6 January 2016, Inkoom signed a contract with Turkish-side Antalyaspor.[16]

On 24 February 2017, Inkoom joined Bulgarian club Vereya.[17] He made his debut for the team in match against Ludogorets Razgrad for the Bulgarian First League on 26 February 2017.[18] He left the team in June when his contract expired.[19]

On 23 June 2017 the Bulgarian Football Union banned Inkoom for 1 year following a legal notice from FIFA that he had caused damages to a real estate worth 65 316 USD while he was playing for D.C. United.[20][21]

International career[edit]

The right back defender is a former member of the Black Satellites. He played with the team at 2009 African Youth Championship in Rwanda.[22] The team emerged the winner at that tournament,[23] he was part of the satellite side that beat Brazil in a penalty shoot out to anex the cup for Africa and Ghana for the first time in the under 20 tournament in 2009. Inkoom played his first game for the senior side, the Black Stars, on 20 November 2008 against Tunisia.[24]

He received his first start for Ghana in the World Cup qualifier against Benin on 28 March, which Ghana won 1–0. Inkoom used to be a member of the Black Starlets.[25] He was in the extended squad for the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru.[26] He was part of Ghana's 2015 Africa Cup of Nations campaign,[27] helping them reach the final, where they lost in a penalty shootout against the Ivory Coast.



Asante Kotoko[edit]

FC Basel


Ghana U-20



In April 2015, it was revealed that Inkoom was sued by the landlord of the property he rented in the United States whilst playing with D.C. United for destroying the property and not paying rent.[30]


  1. ^ "2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 11 June 2014. p. 17. Retrieved 11 June 2014. 
  2. ^ OneTouch Premier League All Star Game on
  3. ^ a b c FC Basel 1893 (2009). "FCB verpflichtet Nationalspieler aus Ghana" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2009-04-29. 
  4. ^ Samuel Inkoom agrees Basel move on
  5. ^ FC Basel holt 19-jährigen Ghanaer Fc Basel holt 19 jaehrigen ghanaer $11, 746, 000, FC Basel holt 19-jährigen Ghanaer. on
  6. ^ St. Gallen 2 – Basel 0
  7. ^ a b Weber, Dominik (2010). "FCB HOLT DEN 13. TITEL! Verdienter 2:0-Sieg gegen YB!" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2010-05-16. 
  8. ^ a b Wyder, Luks (2010). "Der FCB ist dank eines 6:0-Sieges Cupsieger 2010" (in German). FC Basel 1893. Retrieved 2010-05-09. 
  9. ^ Off The Ball: The end is nigh, bum grope gate.
  10. ^ UKR Protocol 2011–2012.
  11. ^ "Samuel Inkoom joins SC Bastia on loan". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Inkoom: Platanias FC move a "huge relief"". Retrieved 4 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "D.C. United signs midfielder/defender Samuel Inkoom". Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  14. ^
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  16. ^ Samuel Eboue Antalyaspor'da‚, 6 January 2016
  17. ^ "Верея привлече световен шампион" (in Bulgarian). 24 February 2017. 
  18. ^ Лудогорец хвърли здрав пердах на новак в Първа лига
  19. ^ "Ганаец напусна Верея с тъга" (in Bulgarian). 5 June 2017. 
  20. ^ БФС спря правата на ганаец
  21. ^ "FIFA bans Ghana defender Inkoom for 1 year because of debt". AP News. 23 June 2017. Retrieved 23 June 2017. 
  22. ^ a b Swiss club moves for Kotoko's Samuel Inkoom on
  23. ^ a b Ghana beat Cameroon to win U-20 title www.
  24. ^ Ghana – Tunisia friendly match confirms doubts on – Tunisia friendly match confirms doubts
  25. ^ Kotoko to lose Agyemang Badu & Samuel Inkoom on
  26. ^ Starlets begin camping
  27. ^ Hughes, Ian (1 February 2015). "Ghana 3-0 Guinea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 1 February 2015. 
  28. ^ "A. Ayew". Soccerway. Retrieved 11 February 2015. 
  29. ^ "2015 Africa Cup of Nations squads". Wikipedia. 2017-06-19. 
  30. ^

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