After my last blog post on Ghana's Black Stars, the issue of nicknames for our national team players came up. With the help of Ghanaweb Soccer forum's Mamamia, we have a bunch of nicknames. We can always make up new ones though. Was thinking I'd add a few more details about the various players. Let's learn a little more about our squad.
Michael Essien - Essien is known as the Bison. I believe this is from his time at Lyon (France) where he was known for his tireless running and work-rate. Essien is one of the best midfielders in the world and it's great to have in our team. Did you know he's dating Nadia Buari, one of Ghana's most premier actresses? She's the lady who played the Beyonce character in Beyonce, the President's Daughter, which is arguably the most popular African movie of all time. That's one celebrity couple.
Richard Kingston - Olele. I am not sure why he is called Olele. Is that a Ga name? Anyone know what that means.
Matthew Amoah - Klinsmann. Okay, Matthew is a goal poacher but does he even play like Klinsmann. Mamamia tells me he adores him.
Prince Tagoe - Prince of Goals. Prince Tagoe has had a good goal rate everywhere he's gone and we all hope he can do the same while he is at Hoffenheim in Germany. Did you know he's the producer behind Praye's Angelina song? Yes, he's started this GOALS Multimedia record label in Ghana and also produced Castro Destroyer's recent single, Fakye. He's scoring goals in entertainment too. I think we need to call him Milo or Nestle or Okada or Cycle though giving his penchant for bicycle/scissor kicks.
Laryea Kingston- Bra Laryea. This would make sense if he had a cameo in Mzbel's 16 years video. Then again, most people identify the name Bra Laryea with the Mzbel's song. We need to find him something better. He can cross the ball well and is a good free-kick taker so maybe some kind of a Beckham reference?
Appiah - Tornado. Not sure why he's named after this natural disaster but it sounds good to me. We all love his hand-turning goal celebrations. The last time, a friend asked me to do the same when I scored a goal in a pickup game (this friend is Turkish, Appiah is highly revered there for his days at Fenerbache).
Samuel Inkoom - Eboue. Samuel is a new kid on the block, playing at FC Basel. He's gonna be great. He is able to play right back and right winger, I guess that's why he's called Eboue. Don't like this nickname. What will he do if he has to play against Eboue? With time, he could even become a better player.
Asamoah Gyan - Baby Jet. Is Gyan known for his pace or his wayward shooting? I like the nickname though.
Anthony Annan - Pablo Aimar/Pokinho. I love the Pokinho bit, I think it stems from his poking Mikel Obi in the eye once? Either way, he's a very pesky player so something to do with peskiness works.
Manuel 'Junior' Agogo - Agogoal. What can we say about this rockstar? During the 2008 African Nations Cup' in Ghana, he was the talk of the town. Grandfathers were giving up their granddaughters to him in marriage. He's also been called Super Agogo. He'll see if he can ride his rockstar status all the way to South Africa.
John Mensah - Rock of Gibraltar. Now, here's a rock in defense. We can't afford to not have him in our defensive set-up, he's a key part to our success. He's always wearing some religious T-shirts too, so he is a spiritual rock too.
Ahmed Barusso - Okpo dade. But how about Tiabs? Have you seen this guy's calves? They are wondrous. If he had a little more skill, he would never ever lose the ball.
Sulley Muntari - Konongo Pele. It's believed he's from that area hence the name Konongo Pele. We can do better though, someone find a nickname for this guy. How about the time he vowed to not play for the Black Stars because someone had assaulted his girlfriend, Menaye Donkor? Do you remember Menaye, she is a former Miss Ghana or Miss Universe Ghana and is now a model? She fine pass. Muntari dey enjoy better.
John Paintsil - ..... how doesn't he have one? I mean, this is the guy who celebrated with an Israeli flag after Ghana scored a World Cup goal and almost strained ties between Ghana and the Arab nations? We've seen do some strange goal celebrations as well. Help us out here, he needs a nickname.
There are more to come. We need to find some for Haminu Dramani, Kwadwo Asamoah, Opoku Agyemang, Harrison Afful, Derek Boateng, Kevin Prince Boateng, etc.