Konadu Yiadom joined Sogakope-based West African Football Academy in the summer of 2018, but it’s the Ghanaian international’s performances in 2019-2020 which has endeared him so warmly in the hearts of the team’s faithful.
Throughout the current Premier League season, Yiadom has established himself as a key man in Coach Prosper Narteh’s expressive, yet defensively structured, seventh placed team in the league.
The Kumasi-born defender has built a formidable partnership with Abukari Ibrahim, who is the only outfield player to have made more Premier league appearances than Yiadom this season (14).
Few would have anticipated the impact he would go on to have in his second season with WAFA and the 19-year-old’s performances have led to plaudits from some sports journalists.
“He’s getting better and better, he’s the real deal. In his own fashion and the way he plays the game, he could be a top Centre-half and go all the way to the top” sportscorna.com scout Manuel Cyril.
“He has made rapid improvement since he switched from Tema United to the Sogakope-based side leading to the young defender becoming an almost ever-present this season, missing just one Premier league match day.
“He’s less rash in his decision-making and now his positional play has improved as well and obviously it would have helped with Abukari”.
Only Asante Kotoko have conceded fewer goals than WAFA this season, in part down to the imperious from of the youngster affectionately known as Sergio Ramos.
West African Football Academy have mustered seven clean sheets and conceded just 12 goals in the suspended 2019-2020 Ghana Premier League.
The WAFA style of play which is akin to that of the Barcelona tiki-taka [playing from the back], where Yiadom has made 150 and successfully completed 49.5 per cent.
In addition, quite amazingly, he has not been dispossessed this season.
The young centre back has proven to be capable of performing at high levels with his good vision, technical abilities and exceptional talent and seems to go far in the game.
Yiadom has scored two goals to his credit, having won the NASCO Man-of-the-match award on two occasions against Asante Kotoko and Ashanti Gold.
However, Yiadom has more to prove in terms of his maturity, reading of the game and command as a central defender. If he develops these traits, it will place him above his peers in the league.