African rising stars: meet Kwadwo Baah


Kwadwo Baah is making waves in his second season in senior football.

The 17-year-old winger is currently in the books of English League One side Rochdale and he has been turning heads across the United Kingdom after a good start to life in senior football.

Baah was born in Germany to Ghanaian parents, but raised in England in the city of Norwood. The player is therefore eligible to represent three countries at international level, but in 2020 he came out to say he wants to represent the West African nation.

He made his debut back in 2019 for Rochdale and has since went on to make 16 League One appearances for the club.

Funny enough, Baah first became famous as a ball boy when he ran into the pitch to put the ball for a West Ham United goalkeeper to avoid time wasting, but there is more to his story than that. He is not just one of the most exciting players in the Football League, he is also one of the youngest.

The 17-year-old is the only player born in 2003 currently regularly starting first-team games in the division.

This season, the attacker has played 11 league games and found the back of the net three times. He has also laid an assist for one more strike.

His biggest strengths are his quick feet, improvisation and bravery. Although he still needs some more coaching, he is already showing glimpses of why he could be one of the most exciting talents of the next generation.

After going through the ranks of local club Moonshot, the teenager was recruited into the Crystal Palace academy where he spent a few years before moving to London-based Kinetic academy which is linked to Rochdale.

After a loan spell at non-league side Whyteleafe, the Ghanaian became an immediate sensation.

Despite interest from several Premier League academies including Manchester City, he was persuaded to sign a scholarship contract at Rochdale in September 2019 after the manager, Brian Barry-Murphy was impressed with him in training.

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