Watching Bibiani Goldstars play is a unique experience- especially when Mujeeb Abdul Hakeem touches the ball and the fans starts shouting “Maestro,” then you know an opponent has just been outwitted. The 21-year-old deserves all the hype. The uncanny control and whiplash elasticity, his curves and straights, the way he passes the ball at strange and unexpected angles corroborates how talented he is.
At just 21, he has a more subtle or deeper understanding of the geometry of the entire pitch. He is like a chess master, seeing several moves ahead, switching his pieces around the board to produce an irresistible, flowing geometry. It speaks volumes about Mujeeb’s potential that some were audacious to liken him to Italian great Xavi Hernandez.
Mujeeb started his playing career with Kumasi Cornerstone Babies where he excelled and earned an entry into Kumasi Asante Kotoko’s juvenile team. His stint with the Ghanaian giants will forever be remembered by the intelligent midfielder. He had an opportunity play in an international youth tournament in Switzerland where he caught the eyes of international agents but who could not whisk him away from the Ghanaian club.
Talking about Kotoko filled him with nostalgia as he spoke”I had a wonderful time there.” He recalls. “They gave me the opportunity to exhibit my God-bestowed talent to the world,” “My stint with them was one that really benefitted my development as a footballer. I learnt a lot there and the memories still linger even though I play for Bibiani Goldstars.” He chimed in
His development has stagnated a bit and that was expected because he couldn’t rise to become an integral member of Asante Kotoko’s team though he made some cameo appearances for the club’s senior side in FA cup matches.
Despite his diminutive stature, Mujeeb is more mature than anyone could expect and very strong mentally. Mujeeb is stronger than what his diminutive frame suggests, and possesses ample strength to go shoulder-to-shoulder with bigger players. He is a central midfielder who enjoys sitting deep and showing off his excellent range of passing. He is always looking forward on the pitch, trying to develop attacks with brilliant through-balls. He is good dribbler too- a true entertainer.
Mujeeb had a sterling season which saw him win17 man-of-the-match awards, 28 Assists with 4 goals to propel his club to a third place finish. He has a great stamina, and while he looks like Scrappy Doo in certain battles, he does have a resilient way of pressurising opponents and recovering possession.
Though 21, he is still a raw product that needs polishing in many aspects, but if he sticks with his current work ethic there is no doubt that he can become a top- class player who will dazzle fans for many years to come. “The only thing that interests me at the moment is learning as much as possible from my coach and senior colleagues. “I must improve tactically to fit the exigencies of the modern game,” he continued.
For now, Mujeeb seems happy to remain in Bibiani and continue his development, but with the list of his potential suitors increasing each day, it’s hard to imagine Goldstars holding off and not succumbing to the pressure.