Acting Communications Manager of Asante Kotoko, David Obeng Nyarko has intimated Brazilian import Fabio Gama is the standard bearer of quality on the domestic front amid comparisons with Hearts of Oak’s Ibrahim Salifu affectionately called Di Maria.
Gama, 28, struggled to impose himself on the local terrain during his early days at Asante Kotoko but has gained prominence illuminating the style of play of the Porcupine Warriors with his Brazilian panache which has excited the faithfuls of the club drawing comparisons to others of his ilk.
On the other hand, the Phobian front new acquisition Ibrahim Salifu, who has gazumped six NASCO man-of-the-match awards in the ongoing Ghana Premier League was the star of the show as the capital-based heavyweights bounced back to winning ways over the weekend.
His mouthwatering displays saw some social media users compare him to Kotoko’s Fabio Gama.
Reacting to the comparisons, the official mouthpiece of Asante Kotoko espoused:
“Yesterday, I saw a post that there is a player in Ghana called Di Maria. A player in Ghana called Di Maria? The Di Maria I know plays for PSG and people are saying Di Maria is better than Fabio Gama. But the Gama I know plays for Asante Kotoko,” he told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“I was extremely happy to see people compare Fabio Gama with PSG’s Di Maria. I don’t have a problem if Salifu Ibrahim is been compared to Fabio Gama. But you (interviewer) said Di Maria.
“If you go online and you see Fabio Gama compared to Di Maria, then PSG would have to come for him [Gama], PSG should bring some dollars,”
“Somebody may take it in another way, but for me, it is good publicity. The fact that people compare players in Ghana to Fabio Gama means Gama is the standard for comparison of quality.“ he bragged.
Per the numbers available, Hearts of Oak’s Ibrahim Salifu is head and shoulders ahead of Fabio Gama with the former notching a goal, assisting six and sweeping home six NASCO man-of-the-match awards while Gama has two goals, an assist and one Most Valuable Player award to show.