Wakaso playing for Ghana in 2015
|Full name||Wakaso Mubarak|
|Date of birth||25 July 1990|
|Place of birth||Tamale, Ghana|
|Height||1.71 m (5 ft 7 1⁄2 in)|
|2014–2015||→ Celtic (loan)||5||(0)|
|2015–||→ Las Palmas (loan)||0||(0)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 27 July 2015.
Wakaso Mubarak (Arabic: مبارك واكاسو; born 25 July 1990), known mononymously as Wakaso, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for Spanish club UD Las Palmas on loan from FC Rubin Kazan as a winger.
Early years / Spain
Born in Tamale, Northern Region, Wakaso began his senior career in Ashanti Gold SC. In 2008 he moved abroad and signed with Elche CF in Spain on a five-year contract, but only joined the club nearly two months later however due to international duty.
In late January 2011, after several bouts of indiscipline and internal codes violations, Wakaso was released by the Valencian. Shortly after he joined another side in the region and Segunda División, Villarreal CF's B-team.
On 27 February 2011 Wakaso made his La Liga debut, coming on as a substitute for José Catalá in the last minutes of a 2–2 away draw against Racing de Santander. He only played six games in his first full season, and the Yellow Submarine was also relegated after twelve years in the top flight.
In the last days of the 2013 summer transfer window, Wakaso moved to the Russian Premier League with FC Rubin Kazan. On 28 August 2014 of the following year he joined Celtic, on a season-long loan.
Wakaso scored on his competitive debut for Celtic, netting the first in a 2–2 away draw against FC Red Bull Salzburg for the UEFA Europa League group stage. On 30 August 2015, after appearing rarely, he was loaned to UD Las Palmas for one year.
Wakaso represented Ghana at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru, playing two matches in an eventual group stage exit (three draws). He made his full international debut on 13 October 2012, in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.
Wakaso scored his first goal for Ghana in a friendly with Cape Verde on 14 November 2012. He was picked for the squad that appeared at the 2013 CAN in South Africa, notably netting the game's only goal in a group stage contest against Mali, through a penalty kick, then scoring both in the 2–0 quarterfinal win against Cape Verde.
On 5 February 2015, Wakaso netted the second goal in Ghana's 3–0 win over Equatorial Guinea in the semi-final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations to take them to the final. In the decisive match, against the Ivory Coast, he scored his penalty shootout attempt in an eventual 8–9 loss.
|1||14 November 2012||Estádio Universitário, Lisbon, Portugal||Cape Verde||1–0||1–0||Friendly|
|2||13 January 2013||Sheikh Zayed, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Tunisia||2–2||4–2||Friendly|
|3||24 January 2013||Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Mali||1–0||1–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
|4||2 February 2013||Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Cape Verde||1–0||2–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
|5||2 February 2013||Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, South Africa||Cape Verde||2–0||2–0||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
|6||6 February 2013||Mbombela, Nelspruit, South Africa||Burkina Faso||1–0||1–1||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
|7||24 March 2013||Kumasi Sports, Kumasi, Ghana||Sudan||2–0||4–0||2014 World Cup qualification|
|8||19 November 2014||Tamale Stadium, Tamale, Ghana||Togo||2–0||3–1||2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualification|
|9||5 February 2015||Nuevo Estadio de Malabo, Malabo||Equatorial Guinea||2–0||3–0||2015 Africa Cup of Nations|
|2013–14||Russian Premier League||14||2||0||0||-||-||4||0||18||2|
|2014–15||Russian Premier League||2||0||-||-||-||-||-||-||2||0|
Wakaso's younger brother, Alhassan, is also a footballer and a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Portugal.
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- El ghanés Wakaso Mubarak empieza a dejar constancia de sus 'poderes' (Ghanaian Wakaso Mubarak starts showing his 'powers'); La Verdad, July 2008 (Spanish)
- Wakaso Mubarak, cielo e infierno en un mismo lugar (Wakaso Mubarak, heaven and hell in the same place); Rayo Herald, 16 December 2010 (Spanish)
- El Elche despide al ghanés Wakaso Mubarak (Elche fires Ghanaian Wakaso Mubarak); Diario Vasco, 31 January 2011 (Spanish)
- Last-gasp Nilmar earns point; ESPN Soccernet, 27 February 2011
- "Wakaso ficha por el Espanyol" [Wakaso ficha por el Espanyol] (in Spanish). El Mundo Deportivo. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2013.
- МУБАРАК ВАКАСО ПЕРЕШЕЛ В "РУБИН" (in Russian). FC Rubin Kazan. 28 August 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2013.
- "Rubin: We had to let Wakaso go to Celtic". Evening Times. 23 August 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
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- "Wakaso, centrocampista internacional ghanés, llega cedido del Rubin Kazan" [Wakaso, Ghanaian international midfielder, arrives on loan from Rubin Kazan] (in Spanish). UD Las Palmas. 30 August 2015. Retrieved 31 August 2015.
- Wakaso Mubarak – FIFA competition record
- Ghana first to reach 2013 Nations Cup; Ghana Web, 13 October 2012
- Paul, Simon (14 November 2012). "Cape Verde 0–1 Ghana: Mubarak Wakaso scores debut goal for Black Stars". Goal.com. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
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- "W. Mubarak – Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- Swaby, Sean (19 November 2014). "Wakaso Mubarak scores incredible goal from distance for Ghana against Togo". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "W. Mubarak". Soccerway. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Mubarak, Wakaso". Fitbastats. Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- "Footballer flashing ‘Allah is Great’ T-shirt". Muslim News. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 4 April 2014.
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- Wakaso Mubarak at National-Football-Teams.com
- Official website