Everybody who followed Ghana’s third tier League in the Ashanti Region knows about Sheriff Sa-eed Shephic’s talent. He is an integral member of the Bekwai Youth Academy, a club that recently gained promotion to play in Ghana’s second tier league.
Sheriff is one youngster who will surely etch his name in football folklore once he gets the needed technical guidance. If you look across the lower tier leagues in the country, you won’t find many defensive midfielders like Sheriff Sa-eed Shephic.
Originally a centre-back, the 18-year-old has refined his game to become a reliable defensive midfielder for his club. He’s strong in the tackle and a shrewd interceptor of the ball, while also intelligent in possession and rarely beaten when coming up against pacey and skillful players.
Thanks to his leadership qualities, physical strength, aerial prowess and calmness under pressure, it is hoped that the teenager will develop into a quality player in the near future. He has all the basic qualities expected of a modern-day defensive midfielder. He also brings flair and class to proceedings whether playing in the centre of defense or as a defensive midfielder.
Born in Bekwai, the teenage prodigy had playing stints with Flamingo before joining Bekwai Youth Academy. He likes to shoot on sight and attempted 15 efforts on goal in his 12 appearances for his club this term. He is a dominant presence in the midfield of Bekwai Youth Academy, but he’s also clever for a player of his age, making opposition midfielders extra wary. He is capable of spraying lengthy passes, keeping the game simple, or executing the killer balls that really matter. He knows what to do when, and for that reason he is an asset in the side.
Not the sort to switch off when off-duty, Sheriff is a self- confessed football geek who carefully studies his statistics and tries to improve daily. Truly, there is an upsurge in his play, adding a greater physical edge and leadership quality to his burgeoning quality. As a tenacious character, he is always willing to engage in physical battle regardless the size of his opponents and extremely hard to beat on a one-on-one duel.
At 18, he is still a raw product that needs polishing in many aspects of the game, 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.
He has not been scouted by major clubs in the country though but that will soon change if he continues to impress.