If you have not heard of Samuel Atta Mensah’s name before, don’t fuss- you soon will. He belongs to a new wave of emerging talents from the Ghanaian Premier League. Since making his Premier League debut against Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the just ended Ghanaian league season, Samuel Atta Mensah has quickly established himself as one of Ghana’s hottest prospects, courtesy of some encouraging laced performances for Wa All Stars, the current Ghanaian champions.
Born in Tema, Ghana’s main harbour city, the 17-year-old started his career with Bafana Bafana Academy, a colts club in Obuasi after his family relocated to Dunkwa-on-Offin. Samuel’s subsequent years at the Obuasi based club saw him rise through the club’s underage teams, with his eye-catching skills, inherently also ensuring attraction from division side Dunkwa United which he later joined in 2015 to further develop his craft.
“Everything about football excites me,” he gushed. “I remember I used to stay awake till midnight to watch football matches on TV.” “I have always dreamt of making a name for myself in football and I think I’m on course to realising that dream.” Samuel Atta Mensah is a clever player. He tries to do better and has done better. His ascent has been imperious and extraordinary.
Making a debut appearance in the Ghanaian second tier league with Dunkwa United, he took no time in announcing his presence. With 28 games played, the teenage prodigy scored 12 goals with 17 assists. His impressive showings for the Dunkwa outfit were enough to land him a loan deal to WA All Stars, a side with which he won the Ghanaian Premier League- the club’s first ever league title triumph. Samuel scored 4 goals with 7 assists in 12 games to propel the Wa based club to such an historic and momentous feat.
“I felt very happy when we (Wa All Stars) won the league. We made history by becoming the first club from Northern Ghana to achieve this, and I am glad I played a part in ensuring this dream became a reality.” He told GhanaFans.com
His style of play is reminiscent of Croatian midfielder Luka Modric thus earning him the moniker ‘Modric’ within the Ghanaian football circles. There’s always an instant sense of bums-off-seats excitements when Samuel picks up the ball. Nobody is necessarily sure what’s going to happen, but the sense of anticipation is always high.
He loves to play as an attacking midfielder where he prods, pokes and pinges passes over and through opposition lines with vision, and also dribbles excellently. It is visible that watching Luka Modric left an impression on Samuel’s youth. He has the unpredictability shared by so many beloved play-makers of yore and can score from range. He’s capable of using both feet, which makes him difficult to pin down. He loves cutting in from the wing, taking up pockets of space between defence and midfield where he can do most of the damage.
At first glance, Samuel looks gangly and awkward, but he is graceful on the ball. Where he loses out most is in physical battles with stronger, more experienced midfielders. He can be a little lightweight, yet he does have the frame of someone who could play a lot stronger- that will develop with time. Maybe then he will be equipped to become the world beater he promises to be.
Samuel harbours hopes of making it into Ghana’s juvenile teams soon, such are the quality of his performances this season.
“I hope that I can slide into any of Ghana’s juvenile teams,” “It would be a dream if I represent my country in the juvenile World Cup one day.”
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.