Friday Jan 22, 2021. 09:00
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has singled out Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin for special praise, after the coach played a key role in kick-starting the player’s professional career.
Agyemang-Badu, who has recently announced his international retirement after more than 70 appearances for the Black Stars, revealed that the former Ghana U-17 coach helped him move from Berlin FC to Berekum Arsenal as a teenager.
Fabin then nurtured the midfielder before giving him his professional debut against Asante Kotoko (a team Agyemang-Badu would later sign for) in 2007.
“He’s a man who knows his stuff and how to work with young chaps. He’s very intelligent and a good manager,” Agyemang-Badu is quoted by Football Ghana.
“He’s the one who brought me to Berekum Arsenal from Berlin FC and the first manager to manage me in the Premier League.
“He knows how to encourage young players to give out their best and to play well.
“My first game under him in the Premier League was against Asante Kotoko. That was a big game but he had confidence in me and encouraged me to play well.
“Arsenal at that time had great midfielders like ‘Ballack’, Osei Kofi Chikah, ‘Nomvete’ and James Boadu but he started me and I scored in that game.”
Agyemang-Badu went on to establish himself in European club football from 2009 onwards, playing for Recreativo, Udinese, Bursaspor and his last club Verona. He is currently a free agent and considering moving into a role as a scout or coach.