If you have not heard of Samuel Anane’s name before, don’t fuss – you soon will. He belongs to a new wave of emerging talents from the National Division Two League of Ghana. He is regarded by many Ghanaian football pundits to be the future of Ghana football and is highly tipped to etch his name in the country’s football folklore.
He loves to play as an attacking midfielder where he prods, pokes and pinge passes over and through opposition lines with vision and also dribbles excellently. He has a deceptive gait and a low centre of gravity which has been the preserve of most famous number 10s. It is visible that watching Ronaldinho left an impression on Anane’s youth. He has the unpredictability shared by so many beloved play-makers of yore and can score from range. He is occasionally shifted to the right hand side of Latex Foam F C’s attack, where he jinks in field, his soft quick feet shuffling at terrifying speed. Playing from the flank has aided Anane’s technical progression; he’s learned to be a more rounded team player from this position.
The Ayigya born Anane’s exploits for club Latex Foam F C earned him a place in Coach Paa Kwesi Fabian’s Black Starlets team in 2013 where he made 9 appearances, scoring two with three assists but unfortunately his dream of playing in the juvenile world Cup was scuppered; the team was withdrawn from participating in the qualifiers of the competition for fielding an unqualified player. “Being in the National camp was a wonderful experience.” He gleefully recalls. “It gave me the opportunity to learn from other talented footballers from diverse backgrounds. I’m on a learning curve thus gained tremendously from my acquaintance with my colleagues.”
Anane sighs anytime he remembers the disqualification of the Starlets 2013 team. The sigh is deep and engrossing; it embodies a sort of disappointment that can’t be forgotten: a seemingly eternal feeling of sadness and despair.”I become sad anytime I ‘m reminded of that unfortunate occurrence.” I was in very good shape and thought the moment to showcase my proclivity to football world was near but that wasn’t to be. God had different plans and HE knows best” He told ghanafans.com
He’s stagnated a bit since, which was expected, but the extreme talent is still on show at regular basis in the Ghanaian Division Two League. In his nascent career, the 20-year-old has embarked on a one man mission to qualify Latex Foam FC to the Division One on two occasions but all to no avail.
Like any other footballer, he aspires to play football to the highest level and rub shoulders with the established names. “I believe I have the quality to play in Europe and in any of the competitive leagues. It won’t be easy but I won’t stop believing.” He quipped.
For the time being, his development is being managed with kid gloves, but Ghana’s football landscape is fettered with vultures keen to make a quick buck from the country’s emerging talent.