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Meet Edward Agyeman Duah: The ONLY Ghanaian Footballer To Have Played In THREE CAF CL Finals With Three Different Clubs

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Legendary Edward Agyeman Duah ‘Rambo’ is 48 years today. Ghsportsnews.com take a look at some of the achievement of the Legend.

A STRONG WELL BUILT STALWART CENTRE BACK WITH AERIAL SUPERIORITY.

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Photo: Edward Agyeman Duah’Rambo’ dealing with Victor Agali during Ghana’s 0-0 draw with Nigeria in a Japan/Korea 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Accra Sports Stadium
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Agyeman Duah playing for Asante Kotoko, Hearts of Oak and the Black Stars at various times of his glittering career.

RECORDS:
1. Did you know that Agyeman Duah is a joint record holder with Kwasi Appiah as the ONLY TWO players to have won the highest number of league titles (7 each)

2. Did you know Agyeman Duah is the ONLY Ghanaian footballer to have won league titles with 3 different clubs. (KOTOKO- 1990/91, 1991/1992 & 1992/1993, GOLDFIELDS- 1994/95 & 1995/96, HEARTS OF OAK- 2000, 2001).

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3. Did you know Agyeman Duah is the ONLY Ghanaian footballer to have played in 3 CAF Champions League finals with 3 different clubs. Also, the only player in Africa to have lost two CAF Champions League (Africa Cup for Champion Clubs) with two different clubs, all on penalty shoot outs.

CLUB CAREER:
Okwawu United (1988-1990)-
Agyeman Duah started his playing in the first tier of Ghana football with then flying Okwawu United with the likes of Michael Osei ‘Micky’, C.K Akunnor, Opeele, Yaw Acheampong and the likes from the 1988/89 league season.

Asante Kotoko (1990-94)
No one says no when Kotoko come calling. Agyeman Duah was transferred to Kotoko during the 1990/91 season and had the privilege of defensive mentorship under the likes of Stephen Frimpong Manso, Emmanuel Ampeah, Opeele Aboagye and Kwasi Appiah.

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He later became a regular for Kotoko and played in the final of the Africa Cup for Champion Clubs competition (1993). Agonisingly Agyeman missed a crucial penalty for Kotoko to lose to old adversary Zamalek in Cairo. However, he won a couple of league titles with Kotoko.

Goldfields-
Agyeman Duah wasn’t the same player after that penalty miss amidst fans acrimony. He was transferred to Goldfields sometime after Ghana’s exit from the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia. His hardwork and dedication payed off for Goldfields as the they retained the first ever Premier league title, and won yet another to make it three on the spin. He then played as a pillar in defence in partnership with Princeton Owusu Ansah at the heart of the defence to help the team make its first ever CAF Champions League final appearance. Unfortunately, Goldfields lost 5-4 on penalty shoot out after 1-1 aggregate score after both legs.

Hearts of Oak (2000)-
Hearts after winning their first 3 of 6 consecutive premier league titles but suffering in the CAF Champions League campaigns, secured the services of the experienced Agyeman Duah to bolster their defence in an attempt to make a massive progress in the Champions League. It was much easier for both parties particularly after working with Coach Attiquafio from his time at Goldfields. Agyeman Duah then formed a ‘rock solid’ central defensive partnership with the young and vibrant Stephen Tetteh in the build up to the formation of the memorable ‘64 battalion squad’ of 2000 football season.

Summarily, Agyeman Duah helped Hearts win all the titles in Ghana and Africa that season (Premier league, F.A. Cup, CAF Champions league, Africa Super Cup). However, Rambo did not play in the Super Cup match in Kumasi.

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Agyeman Duah wept bitterly when receiving his medal for the CAF Champions league triumph, after losing out with both Kotoko and Goldfields in 1993 and 1997 respectively. He won yet another league title with Hearts of Oak in 2001. He did not play active role for Hearts in 2002 league season and but was normally part of the technical team.

NATIONAL TEAM:
Agyeman Duah played for Ghana Black Satellites in 1991 with the likes of Shamo Quaye, Ablade Kumah, Thomas Boakye, Frank Amankwah, Isaac Otoo, Kasola Dacosta among others.

He then graduated to play for the Black Stars in the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations, and also the 1998 Africa Cup of Nations. He was part of Sir Cecil Jones Attiquayefio’s Black Stars squad for the Japan/ Korea 2002 World Cup qualifiers.

Credit:Ghana Football Legacy

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