Having watched him display some wonderful performances for Wa All Stars years ago, I tabbed him to be the next big thing to happen to Ghana football but didn’t quite kick on as earlier envisioned. At Wa All Stars, he was deployed almost exclusively on the right, but prior to that he alternated flanks nearly every other game.
After an unsuccessful stint with Moroccan giants Raja Casablanca, Asamoah came back to the country to sign for Dormaa Ahenkro based Aduana Stars, who won the league in their debut season in 2010. It’s rumoured that the ‘Ogya’ club had to spend huge to coax him into joining them, beating Kotoko and Medeama for his signature. Nathaniel has a lot under his sleeves to help Aduana wrestle their competitors for the league title.
Two things that attracted my eye when Asamoah was at Wa All Stars were his work rate and his dribbling skill. The work rate was always present in Kotoko, but the dribbling was largely contained. However; anyone that saw him at Medeama saw both elements in full effect, in addition to his goalscoring prowess and an incredible vision to pick up team mates with a pass. Nathaniel Asamoah scored 18 goals last season for the Tarkwa based club and placed second on the goal king chart, one behind the winner Kofi Owusu who netted 19.
He was expected to complement the efforts of Yaya Mohammed but unfortunately, the burly striker has decided to join Mexican second tier side Murcielagos FC. You’ll get a runner for Seth Opare’s through balls, a dangerous and pacey dribbler on counter attacks, and someone who can quickly turn centrally and guide the ball to the wings and consistently finish his chances in the box. Asamoah can be considered as a tremendous scorer, both in bagging goals and setting them up for teammates.
He also brings some much –needed pace to an Aduana frontline that was somehow slow during the first half of the season. This will offer Ciaoba Aristica tactical opportunities that were missing during the first round in the second half of the season.
Asamoah has become a more improved player now than I first saw him play for Wa All Stars. His stints abroad and locally with clubs like Asante Kotoko and Medeama have really brought out the best in him. This has improved his decision- making and made him a more deadly finisher in the process.
There are still uncertainties regarding the role he will be assigned to in his new club. At Medeama, he was either used as a winger, central playmaker or occasionally a true forward. It remains to be seen whether Ciaoba thinks he is sturdy enough to lead the line. If so, expect Aduana’s attack to turn much more variable and fluid- a change most fans would welcome.
It’s a hefty investment, but Asamoah’s output will make this deal one worth having.