Mitch Apau was born in Amsterdam to Ghanaian Parents who migrated to the Netherlands to seek greener pastures. Like any other star, Little Apau’s talent was spotted at an early age while playing on the streets of Amsterdam with friends. His talent earned him playing stints with OSDO, Zeeburgia, Ajax and AZ Alkmaar as an amateur.
“Growing up in Amsterdam really brought the best in me.” The city has a rich history of churning out talents. Kids are always seen on the streets playing football and learning new trickes seen from established footballers on the television” .I have always dreamt of making a name for myself in football and I think I’m still on course to realising that dream.” The journey has been long but certainly far from being over.” He told ghanafans.com
Mitch Apau is a clever player. He tries to do better and has done better. He is an exceptional engine, always ready to execute his duties efficiently and effectively. He runs, his movements is great, he’s brave and exceptionally humble.
As a pro footballer, Apau signed his first professional contract with SC Veendam at 19. His three year stay with SC Veendam was one that will forever be remembered by the tenacious footballer. He made 106 appearances scoring two goals. Talking about Veendam filled him with nostalgia as he spoke. “I had a wonderful time there.” He recalls. “They gave me the opportunity to bring my proclivity to bear,” “My three year stay was one that really benefitted my development as a pro footballer. I learnt a lot there and the memories still linger even though I have played for RKC Waalwijk and Westerlo.” He chimed in.
Apau plays as a right back but occasionally as a central defender or a midfielder where he is assigned to minimise the beatings meted to his teammates. He is an energetic presence and provides plenty of cut and thrust down the right flank, but he isn’t found wanting defensively. He’s strong and good in the air, making him a capable all-rounder for his position. He efficiently combines sound defending with forward raids. Apau ticks all boxes.
Apau’s ascent shows no signs of slowing, with the 26-year-old having a lot to offer. There were even hushed talks of him joining Chelsea during Jose Mourinho’s second stint with the London club but unfortunately the Portuguese gaffer left the club and that deal couldn’t materialise. He’s stagnated a bit since, which was to be expected, but the extreme talent was still on show at regular basis for Belgian club Westerlo, his immediate employers.
Now free agent, after the end of his two year stay with the Belgian club, Apau has been linked with several English and Turkish clubs and that might be the next logical move should Apau see his talent blossom but Apau has a special predilection for the English Premier League and hope to play feature for one of the clubs there any time soon. “It’s a great league, one where you can find a stuttering team upsetting the giants. The atmosphere for the games, with all the fans travelling to support their teams, is special,” “And yes, I would love to play in England. I would love to play at the highest level.” He quipped
Apau has been an admirer of the Black Stars for a very long time and always harboured some hope of donning the colours of the land of his parents.”There is no bigger honour and dream in football than wearing the colours of your motherland and protecting ‘her’ image. It’s everything.”
The versatile player believes he has what it takes to be a member of the Black Stars and pray Coach Avram Grant grants him the opportunity to prove his mettle. “My status has changed now. Before I was an amateur,” explained Apau, who wants to be in the good books of the Black Stars gaffer. “I am more matured now and I think am ready to represent Ghana at the highest level.”
The motivated, ambitious and determined bloke is indeed a delight to watch and would surely be a good asset to Avram Grant and to Ghana in general as the nation prepares for the World Cup qualifiers and the African Cup of Nations.
By: Godfred Budu Yeboah