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Afriyie Acquah

Afriyie Acquah

Ghanaian footballer

Afriyie Acquah (/æˈfriːi æxˈwɑː/ af-REE-ee akh-WAH; born 5 January 1992) is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Saudi club Al-Batin and the Ghana national team

Afrie Acquah in 2021
Club career
Early career

Born in Accra, Greater Accra, Ghana, Acquah began his career in Glentoran Football Academy in Sunyani, Ghana, which established by Christopher Forsythe an Irish National from Sunyani. During his Glentoran's career, Acquah was awarded as "Best Ghanaian midfielder's Under-14".

He later transferred to Bechem United as the Northern Irish club unable to sign him, due to work permit issues, despite travelling with Christopher Forsythe to Belfast to train with the first team. In April 2009, he played for Bechem United against Italian club Empoli.


On 1 February 2010, Palermo signed Acquah from D.C. United of Ghana for free, but €500,000 agent fee went to SCMG Sport Consulting & Management GmbH. Palermo was fined by FIGC as it violated the third-party ownership rule in April 2012. FIGC found that Acquah had signed a contract with the agent in June 2009 as he was unable to join any club aboard until he turned 18.

After choosing number 94 shirt,[4] Acquah made his Palermo debut, coming on as a substitute for Giulio Migliaccio in the 32nd minute, in 4–2 loss against Fiorentina on 13 February 2011. After making four appearances by the start of April, Acquah signed a five-year contract, keeping him until 2016.

Parma (loan)

On 16 July 2012, Palermo announced to have loaned Acquah to Serie A rivals Parma for €100,000; the agreement also includes an option for Parma to acquire half of the player's transfer rights by the end of the season.


In January 2013 moved to German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim for €2.5 million fee on a four-year deal but he was not given any opportunity to play a single match until the end of the 2012–13 season.

Return to Parma (loan)

In July 2013, he returned to Parma on a season-long loan deal and won his place back, finishing 27 league appearances in the 2013–14 season. During the season, Acquah scored his first professional goal of his career, in a 4–2 loss against Roma on 2 April 2014.[20] Subsequently, the loan was extended for another year.

Sampdoria (loan)

In February 2015, his loan spell at Parma was terminated early and he moved to fellow Serie A side Sampdoria, again on loan. He made his Sampdoria debut, playing 90 minutes, in a 2–1 loss against Chievo.


On 19 June 2015, he was signed by Torino on a four-year contract.


On 17 August 2018, Acquah signed with Serie A team Empoli.

Yeni Malatyaspor

On 23 August 2019, after his contract with Empoli ended, Acquah joined Turkish club Yeni Malatyaspor on a two-year contract with the option to extend for an extra year. After playing for a year, he was appointed as the deputy captain of the club and given his favourite number 6 jersey.

Al Batin

On 22 June 2021, Acquah signed a two-year deal with Saudi Arabian club Al Batin FC as a free agent after his contract with Yeni Malatyaspor expired


January 5, 1992
Afriyie Acquah was born in Accra.


Further Resources


Bechem Utd. makes Ghana proudFace Empoli today In Trofro Rocco Nereo semis

Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle


April 30, 2009

From streets of Ghana to World Cup - via Glentoran


March 26, 2014

Glentoran helped African street child reach Serie A

By Ross McKee


April 13, 2011

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