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Matthew Amoah





Matthew Amoah in a hot poseMatthew Amoah - Like his senior high school classmate Michael Essien, Amoah is a sensational player but hardly gets press coverage like Michael.  But in stardom this is can be good. He's a top goal scorer both in Dutch league and the unbeatable Ghana black stars.

Now check this out: Amoah moved into international football straight from a Senior High school popularly called Augusco in Ghana.  Imagine a high school team with likes of Amoah and Essien - your bet is good as mine.

Amoah scores a goal for Ghana Black StarsIt took just a few minutes in his first outing under new Stars coach Ratomir Dujkovic to earn the deserved recognition of the Serbian who has since handed the Vitesse Arnhem striker a place in the Stars starting line-up.

And three important goals was his way of repaying the faith Dujkovic reposed in him. Two weeks after his match winner against Burkina Faso, Amoah and Michael Essien combined to give Ghana a 2-0 victory over South Africa in Johannesburg, completing his hat-trick against Uganda sealing a place for Ghana in the 2006 FIFA world cup.

Born on December 18, 1981 in the harbour city of Tema, Amoah's career path is a sharp departure from that taken by his team-mates.



Amoah playing for Ghana Black Stars.He is not a product of the FIFA-organised age-group competitions as is the case of high-profile team-mates as Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien,Sulley Muntari, Laryea Kingston and Sulley Muntari.

An introvent by nature, Amoah commands a lot of respect among his Stars teammates and team officials.

Then Vittesse coach, the former Holland and Barcelona star Ronald Koeman loaned out the promising Ghanaian to Fortuna Sittard in the 1999-2000 season for first team experience.

He scored 10 goals in 15 appearances as Sittard battled relegation. In 22001 Koeman promptly went back for Amoah in who emerged top scorer for Vitesse with 11 goals in 33 matches.

His scoring record for the national team pales in comparison with his strike rate in Holland but at 27, Ghanaians are yet to see the best of Amoah, who will be remembered as one of the principal architechts that shaped Ghana's World Cup dream.




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