Former Kumasi Asante Kotoko midfielder, Baba Mahama is reported to be on the verge of joining Accra Hearts of Oak. The witty Mahama joined the Porcupine Warriors after some consistent superb performances with Techiman City FC a couple of seasons back.
A lot of clubs queued to have his signature. Yet Asante Kotoko would be the ones to secure his signature after having been in the market for a player of exactly his type. The Porcupine Warriors were seeking a player who could score goals while operating from the wings and midfield also feed their attackers with delightful crosses. Baba Mahama looked to be the perfect acquisition for their requirements. He was tagged one of the best attacking minded player in the league during his stint with Techiman City and his early years with the Kumasi club.
Unfortunately for Mahama, he couldn’t sustain the momentum and fell off the pecking order. A combination of injuries and inconsistent showings stifled his Kotoko career. The former Techiman City star struggled to replicate his form upon his return from injury hence falling out of favour with Steve Pollack. Pollack left the club early on with many a Kotoko fan hopeful Mahama will pick the pieces, win Fabin’s heart and cooly walk his way into the Kotoko team but that wasn’t to be as the midfielder still couldn’t replicate the form that almost made him a cult-hero hence his release a couple of months ago.
As a known playmaker, Mahama has a magical right foot, and can play in position the manager thinks will bring the best out of it, For Asante Kotoko, he often played as playmaker and occasionally as a winger, drifting into more advanced positions to unleash a shot or whip in an inswinging cross. He is also blessed with the ability to play in a more advanced team-mate, or find the run of an overlapping full-back. A playmaking role is probably the position that gets the most from him, but he could perform in a number of roles should the tactics require. His ability to deliver quality dead ball situation can be transferred to open play, and with this in mind, he can pinge passes from a midfield position, or swing crosses in from either wing. This is more ideal for the more physical players in the Hearts team, and you can imagine the likes of Selassie Bakai or Kojo Obeng Jr lurking in the box at set pieces, relishing the prospect of a Mahama cross.
With his spiky personality, he’s aware that his progress as a footballer will help him and his family enjoy a better life. His application on the pitch, in training, and his general enjoyment will be influenced by this, and it’s something that will endear him to the fans if his performances are up to scratch.
His reading of the game is so good that he anticipates situations before they escalate. Perhaps more importantly, he is a leader, the kind of player others look up to and improve upon their game to impress. With him in the Hearts side, the other team mates will perform because he wouldn’t have it otherwise.
Without the ball, Seth Hoffman places great emphasis on quick transitions to defence and an aggressive pressing scheme; offensively he prefers speed to elaboration in the build –up, and greater directness in his team’s passing and it requires an individual who is capable of mixing sound technique with high levels of endurance and an unquestioning desire to work.
In all these respects, Baba Mahama fits the bill. It’s worth making: Mahama’s signing would be the same ideal way to propel the Continental Club Masters to greater heights.