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From Kotoko To Hearts Of Oak: The Story Of Daniel Afriyie Barnie

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This is Accra Hearts Of Oak ace forward, Daniel Afriyie Barnie with Kumasi Asante Kotoko in February last year when Johnson Smith and Maxwell Konadu were gaffers for the Porcupine Warriors.

Daniel Afriyie Barnie spent a little over a month with Kumasi Asante Kotoko on trial at Adako Jachie, played a couple of friendly games with them, but he was overlooked by the technical handlers of the club and had to leave.

Few days later, Accra Hearts Of Oak board member Alhaji Akambi heard of Daniel Afriyie Barnie (though some supporters of the club in Kumasi) then called his manager in Kumasi to bring the boy to start training with Accra Hearts Of Oak the next day.

Coach Nii Odoom and the then team manager for the club Saban Quaye upon assessing his prowess at Pobiman training ground admonished the club’s top hierarchy to sign him.

Daniel Afriyie Barnie had a very difficult start with the Phobians as his work rate was ace but his major predicament got to do with his final judgment and over-elaboration at the final third of the pitch.

Despite the enormous criticism and chastising, Hearts Of Oak kept their cool and motivated him to work hard.

He later had a national U-20 call-up and went ahead to captain the team to win the WAFU Zone B tournament.

He went ahead to captain the team to win the AFCON U-20 tournament and was adjudged man of the match for the final game against debutants Uganda.

This I believe has embedded so much confidence in him and it’s no surprise that he(Daniel Afriyie Barnie) is the most dangerous player for Accra Hearts Of Oak upfront this season.

He’s arguably the most exciting player in the Ghana Premier League together with WAFA’s Augustine Boakye, Salifu Ibrahim and Asante Kotoko’s Fabio Gama.

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