Like all the greatest footballers, Abubakar’s talent developed on the street and on the grassless and novice pitches of Kumasi with countless hours of joyful practice and play. The uncanny control and whiplash elasticity, the surging, darting dribbles, his curves and straights, the way he passes the ball at strange and unexpected angles corroborates how talented he is. At just 18, 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. From his nascent days in Kumasi to his current abode in Tilburg, ghanafans.com traces the prodigy’s journey to stardom.
Popularly known in Kumasi as ‘World Best’, he recently signed for Dutch side Willem II but the journey actually began at Kumasi based colts clubs, Aston Villa and Cornerstone Babies with whom he had playing stints. Unlike many footballers who forget their past, Abubakar still have these clubs and certain individuals who played a role in moulding him in his good books.
“I am here today because of the roles Aston Villa and Corners Babies together with certain individuals like my parents for the confidence reposed in me and not objecting my dream of being a footballer, Sadat, affectionately called Meboawo who spotted me and gave me a push, Mallam of Corners Babies, Toronto and my agent Tony Appiah deserve a mention too. I really owe them a lot.” He said.
Abubakar could not hide the joy of playing for Willem II, a club with a history of churning out talents, chiefly; Jaap Stam, Marc Overmars, Jan Van Roessel, Joris Mathijsen and Finn Sami Hyypia just to mention but a few and promises to give out his best to make them title contenders within the shortest possible time.