From Tarkwa to Ghana League Superstar, the story of Nana Kofi Babil


Nana Kofi Babil has scored four goals so far in the Ghana Premier League. His fourth goal came in his first start of his maiden campaign against Inter Allies FC in Accra on Wednesday

The rejected stone will one day become the corner stone, so those who easily look down on people must think twice. Even the destitute you avoid today could be your breadwinner tomorrow. Life is full of uncertainties; Gods’ reason for each and every being is therefore different to that of humanity.

The life of Medeama Sporting Club Winger, Nana Kofi Babil underpin the above adages.

The teenager is arguably his teams’ best player at the moment and one of the Country’s hot cake performing in the Nations topflight football as a debutant.

Anytime the 18-year-old reminisces about how far his breakthrough career as a footballer has come, he is filled with gratitude, and expresses with profound gratitude through his Christian faith.

It may still seem surreal for him and his childhood mates in Tarkwa and beyond but the hard core reality is, Babil is playing in the Ghana Premier League for one time CAF Confederation Cup Contenders, Medeama Sporting Club.

Like every other young footballer, he had always dreamt of playing to the high level. But how soon this could have happened was the question he kept asking himself anytime he thought of it.

The young and enterprising fast rising teen whose mentor is Portuguese, former Manchester United, former Real Madrid and current Juventus great, Cristiano Ronaldo has become the eyeball of The Tarkwa based club with worthy attention in the Ghanaian football circles.

His relatively obscurity at Medeama SC has been brought to the fore with his fast pace and audacious skills on the ball after three games for his side. He has established his fruitful prowess to become the most talked about teenager to take the league by storm as a super sub.

Nana Kofi Babil was born in Tarkwa in the Western Region of Ghana, a town famously noted for its’ rich gold mining, on 4th January, 2002 to Mr Isaac Kofi Babil and Mrs Theresa Mensah.

Tarkwa has seen and natured many professional footballers born and raised there over the past decades but only few have made impacts at the national level. Two of such players whose identity come to mind are Hans Kwoffie and Theophilus Anobaah.

He always assured his parents of turning the fortunes of the family around because he had a strong belief he would ride on his footballing talent to attain greatness in future.

His talent has never been questionable. The quickest of mind, pace and eye for goal and the exceptional technic which balances his play now shone in the early years with the school team of Ghana Secondary Technical School (GSTS), in Takoradi where he was nicknamed Agbala by his playing mates due to his sensational quick thinking on the ball.

The 18 year old teenager started his career with Reggae Boys and Charity FC all in Accra before moving to his native town Tarkwa where his talented display with ‘Kwabedu Select Side’ in the 2019 Amankuman Tournament (annual community championship organized by the Paramount Chief of Tarkwa) caught the magic eye of Samuel Boadu, Head Coach of Premier league outfit, Medeama SC.

As luck would shine on him on that unforgettable afternoon with smiles all over his face after the premier league manager shook his hands to congratulate him as scouted to join the Mauve and Yellow boys, he quizzed and asked himself a rhetorical question!!! Am I dreaming?

No, neither was it a dream nor an imagination but a dream come into reality for the young talented chap.

But with his destiny leveled into his own hand to turn the side of the coin into an amazing story was whether he was prepared enough to meet that opportunity, which off course was another thing altogether.

Then playing in Medeama’s youth side, Nana Kofi Babil proved much worthy playing in the youth team with his performances where he earned promotion to the Senior side proper before the country’s much awaited 2019/20 premier league kick started on the weekend of 27th -29th December in 2019.

How was Babil going to make good used of the opportunity?

The meek winger’s rise to stardom came in a difinitive moment at the newly built Cape Coast Sports Stadium where his real talent became the subject matter of the game after dazzling off the defenders of the home side, Mysterious Ebusua Dwarfs.

Just as the pacy nimble footed winger’s dream came into reality, after stepping on the pitch, he wasted no time as his inclusion counted with a superb finish and was enough to claim all three points for the Tarkwa base club to pay off the risk taken by Coach Boadu to hand-in the teenager’s first taste to topflight football.

Many who thought the 18-year-old who turned hero on the day of making his premier league debut, was just a ‘flash in the pan’ had to rethink and changed their notion in perspective.

Just when he scored another quick goal as a substitute against the country’s biggest club, Hearts Of Oak as they thumped them by 3-0 at the Akoon Park in Tarkwa, he now became the topic for discussion on all aired programs and other local media platforms in the country as the league kept going on.

The hardworking versatile player who plays on both flanks or as the main attacker or a three-quartista continued with his consistent showpiece once more when he registered his third goal of the season in the league on Match Day three at the Dansoman Carl Riendolf Park against Liberty Professionals in another fascinating super sub display to prove suited in becoming the Savior of Medeama SC when the going gets out of hand.

His dreams of playing for the Senior National Team, the Black Stars of Ghana is something he says keeps him striving to bring out the best in him, but it will be great for the national team coaches who handle the under 20 and above that a very critical look at this super talent.

Nana Kofi Babil who was well as a hero on his premier league debut, set on the path of impact after only 18 days of introduction into the Ghana league, and the rest becomes history

Endearing himself into limelight by taking the league into his own stride as a “super sub”, the fortunate breakthrough of Babil begun from a festival tournament.

From the street of Kwabedu in persistency to dream come true in retrospective to what has transpired is a fairy-tale for the teenager.

Source: Ghana | | Ansah Apagya


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