Back in Ghana, Abubakar was assigned to a playmaking role where he poked, prodded and pinged passes over and through opposition lines with vision and accuracy that some may deem ‘Pirlo-esque’. Because of his voracious work ethics and enthusiasm, he is being used as a striker at Willem II, a role he has fully embraced and is doing very well. While blessed with plenty of technical and attacking qualities, he does not eschew defensive tasks, making him a real team player.
“There are many differences between European football and African football- with European football, it demands a lot of running and technique and also the coaches are always concerned with the systems and philosophies they believe in. That is why I find myself playing as a striker and I am glad to have excelled.” He stated.
He has had little difficulty adjusting to Dutch football; the secret being his concoction of physical and technical gifts allowing him to stamp his mark.
The exciting talent is eyeing a place in Ghana’s U-20 team, the Black Satellites but admits it won’t come easy except for grit and hard work. “I am ever ready to don the jersey of Ghana and represent ‘her’ at any level but I will be very glad to feature the National U-20 team now.”
With the tenacity of a mountain goat, the eye of an eagle, the heart of a lion, the endurance of a camel, the strength of a horse and steadfastness of a shark, all is set for him to etch his name in football folklore.
In this quest, stubborn defences would be battered, goals would be scored, goalkeepers would be in grim despair and awestruck wonder and coaches would be rendered clubless and the name on the lips of many a football fan would be Asumah the ‘World Best’ Abubakar.
“My aim now is to reach the highest echelon of football. The task is tumultuous but Insha Allah, it will be a reality The Almighty has always been with me.”