The former Berekum Arsenals man keeps getting better in his chosen field of expertise and could be set to showcase that ability on the biggest stage
By: Sammie Frimpong
He’s hard not to notice, this Kwesi Donsu lad — and for good reason.
Not since Stephen Oduro, when the Kumasi Asante Kotoko veteran was in his prime, has Ghana football had a player capable of striking set-pieces with the degree of precision and brilliance which brings to mind some of the art’s finest masters.
Impressively top-scoring for Caf Confederation Cup campaigners Medeama from his station in midfield, seven of Donsu’s nine goals in the current Ghana Premier League season have come from freekicks — one of the other two, a converted spotkick against Techiman City last month, underlines his burgeoning reputation as arguably the domestic scene’s most prolific candidate from set-pieces.
Still, freekicks are doubtlessly Donsu’s speciality. He takes them with such ease that he might as well make his run-ups while swaying to rapper E.L’s Koko tune — yes, it’s that easy. Or at least Donsu makes it look that way.
He is capable of placing a freekick around, underneath, or well over the sturdiest of walls and still get it into the opposition’s goal; whichever approach he opts for, all Donsu ever appears to do is pick his spot and place the ball just there with a measure of accuracy certainly rare in these parts, although actually pulling it off is, of course, far more complex.
Oh, the goalkeepers?
Well, quite a few have already been rendered useless dealing with Donsu’s incredible sniping skills. Each freekick appears better and slightly more refined than the last, thereby driving Donsu ever closer to ‘perfection’, and every fresh offering he serves seems to make the admiring observer’s jaw drop a little lower.
Indeed, only last Wednesday, as Medeama, fresh from a fairly successful trip to Tanzania to face Young Africans in continental action over the weekend, resumed their steady rise up the Premier League table to third, it was one of Donsu’s deliveries which bagged the points; a month prior, in the reverse at Dansoman, the same man, armed with the same weapon, struck to secure an identical result.
Donsu, though, is no one-trick pony. His overall play in the middle of the park is commendably superb and, as he proved with his chart-topping six goals in last year’s MTN FA Cup, he does know a thing or two about how to get the ball in from close-range. It’s why some of Ghana’s traditionally bigger clubs continue to covet the 20-year-old — very much the same reasons for which Medeama recently tied him down for two more years.
To some, it’s only a matter of time before he earns a call-up — and a regular place, hopefully — in the Black Stars proper, with head coach Avram Grant getting into the habit of giving the Ghanaian top-flight’s brightest talents encouraging nods. The Stars could certainly do with a man who would make freekicks won count in a manner more reliable than Mubarak Wakaso occasionally does, as well as from Donsu’s entire skill-set. That maiden invitation, I daresay, isn’t too faraway.
He’s really hard not to notice, this Kwesi Donsu lad.