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Ransford Osei
Ransford Osei playing for the Ghana U-17
Personal information
Full name Ransford Osei
Date of birth (1990-12-05) 5 December 1990 (age 30)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ashanti, Ghana
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Striker
Youth career
Adelaide
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2008 Kessben 30 (3)
2008–2011 Maccabi Haifa 11 (2)
2008Berekum Chelsea (loan)
2009–2010FC Twente (loan) 0 (0)
2010–2011Granada B (loan)
2012 Bloemfontein Celtic 4 (1)
2012–13 Asante Kotoko 19 (3)
2015 Polokwane City 3 (0)
2016 RoPS 16 (1)
2016Santa Claus (loan) 2 (0)
2018–2019 Palanga 3 (0)
National team
2007 Ghana U17 7 (6)
2009 Ghana U20 7 (4)
2010 Ghana 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 March 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 December 2013

Ransford Osei (born 5 December 1990) is a Ghanaian former professional footballer, who played as a striker for Lithuanian club Palanga.

Club career

Early career

Osei began his career at his homeland club Kessben FC now Medeama Sporting Club, On 28 February 2008, he was set to join Polish club Legia Warszawa on a six-month loan contract which gave the Polish club the option to buy the player during that time. Due to a work permit issue, the transfer was blocked by FIFA. Osei stayed in Kessben.[1]

Maccabi Haifa

In 2008, he joined Israel-based side Maccabi Haifa on loan. He subsequently signed a three-year contract of employment.[2]

Twente

In July 2009, Osei joined Dutch side FC Twente on a year-long loan deal.[3][4]

Granada

In August 2010, Granada CF announced that they had signed Osei on loan, and that he would join up with their second team Granada B.[5]

Bloemfontein Celtic

After a short trial period, South African club Bloemfontein Celtic gave Ransford Osei a six-month contract in January 2012.[6][7]

Asante Kotoko

In July 2012, Osei signed for 22-time champions of Ghana, and two times champions of Africa, Asante Kotoko. In September 2013, he turned down a contract renewal by Asante Kotoko,[8] before being left out of Asante Kotoko's 2014 CAF Champions League's squad in the December.[9] He won the Ghana Premier League on two occasions whilst playing for the Kumasi-based club.[10]

Polokwane City

In January 2015, Osei signed for South African Premier Soccer League side Polokwane City on a three-year contract.[11] After managing just three substitute appearances due to injury, he was released by Polokwane City prior to the start of the 2015–16 season.[12]

RoPS

After going on trial with Kazakhstan Premier League side FC Shakhter Karagandy at the beginning of February,[13] Osei played for RoPS in their Finnish League Cup match against PS Kemi Kings on 16 February.[14][15] Five days later, 21 February, Osei signed a two-year contract with RoPS.[16] He was later loaned to Santa Claus.[17]

International career

2007 African Under-17 Championship

He featured for Ghana at the U-17 level in 2007. He played a key role in the Black Starlets' journey to placing 3rd at the 2007 African U-17 Championship. At the end of the tournament he was award Silver Boot for scoring the 2nd highest number of goals.

2007 FIFA U-17 World Cup

On 20 August, he found the net twice in the 12 and 44th minute against Trinidad and Tobago in Ghana's 4–1 win during their first group game.[18] Osei went on to score two more goals against Germany and Colombia, to take Ghana into the last sixteen of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, where they met and defeated favorites Brazil despite playing the entire second half with only ten men[19]

On 1 September, Osei set up the first goal and scored the second as the Ghanaians beat Peru 2–0 to take them into the U-17 semi-final match against Spain.[20]

Osei finished the U-17 World Cup with the Adidas Silver Shoe as the competitions second highest goalscorer,[21] coming second by one goal to Macauley Chrisantus of Nigeria. He scored his sixth and final goal of the Tournament came in the third place play-off in the tournament as Ghana lost 2–1 to Germany.

2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup

Osei scored in his first game against Uzbekistan in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup one goal and played 90 minutes.[22] He scored also another goal in his second game against England national under-20 football team and played 85 minutes.[23]

Senior internationals

On 13 November 2007, three weeks before his 17th birthday, he received his first senior International call-up from Ghana coach Claude Le Roy for a FIFA International friendly match against Togo at the Ohene Djan Stadium in Accra, Ghana, on 18 November 2007[24] after scoring a superb hat-trick against Togo's U17 team[25] in a Junior International friendly at the same venue on Sunday 11 November 2007. He was selected among the nations 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad even though he didn't appear in any of the matches. Ghana won silver in that tournament.

Style of play

A Striker described by FIFA.com as "an opportunistic goal machine"[26] with superb pace and movement,[27] young free-scoring sensation Osei was recognized by World Soccer Magazine as one of the 50 Most Exciting Teenagers on the Planet in their November 2007 Issue.

When it comes to designing the perfect striker, he has one particular model in mind. " I'd love to have Patrick Kluivert's heading ability, the speed and ball control of Samuel Eto'o and the finishing skills of Thierry Henry. I've got a few videos of him that I watch very closely". "Whenever I miss chances I can't sleep at night," Osei, the adidas Silver Shoe winner at the 2007 U-17 World Cup, tells FIFA.com. " I go through them over and over again in my mind, replaying them until I find the exact movement I should have made out on the pitch. When I'm sure I've learned my lesson I relax a little bit, but even then I know I'm not going to sleep that well."[26]

Career statistics

Club

As of match played 9 May 2015[28][29]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Continental Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Kessben 2006–07 Ghana Premier League 4 0 4 0
2007–08 11 0 11 0
2008–09 15 3 15 3
Total 30 3 - - - - 30 3
Maccabi Haifa 2008–09 Israeli Premier League 11 2 11 2
Twente (loan) 2009–10 Eredivisie 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Granada B (loan) 2010–11 Primera División Andaluza
Bloemfontein Celtic 2011–12 Premier Soccer League 4 1 0 0 4 1
Asante Kotoko 2012–13 Ghana Premier League 13 3 13 3
2013–14 6 0 6 0
Total 19 3 - - - - 19 3
Polokwane City 2014–15 Premier Soccer League 3 0 0 0 3 0
Career total 67 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 67 9

International

As of match played 11 August 2010[29]
Ghana
Year Apps Goals
2010 2 0
Total 2 0

Honours

Club

Maccabi Haifa

Asante Kotoko

International

Ghana U-20

Individual

References

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  2. ^ Kickoff Ghana (13 November 2008). "Osei gets Maccabi contract". Kickoff Ghana. Retrieved 19 November 2008. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "FC Twente sign two Africans". BBC News. 16 July 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2010. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Ransford Osei Signs For FC Twente". www.modernghana.com. Modern Ghana. 2 August 2009. Retrieved 10 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "El Granada CF ficha al joven delantero ghanés Ransford Osei por una temporada". lainformacion.com. Retrieved 6 November 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Celtic sign top-rated Ghanaian". bloemfonteincelticfc.co.za. Bloemfontein Celtic FC. 4 January 2011. Retrieved 5 January 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  8. ^ "Ghana: Ransford Osei not happy with Kotoko new offer". www.modernghana.com. Modern Ghana. 9 September 2013. Retrieved 10 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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  20. ^ "Ghana through to semis". BBC. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  21. ^ "Shining starlets pocket prizes". FIFA. 17 September 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  22. ^ Ghana 2:1 (0:0) Usbekistan
  23. ^ Ghana 4:0 (1:0) England
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  25. ^ "Starlets re-open stadium with 4–1 win". GhanaFA. 12 November 2007. Retrieved 12 November 2007. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
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