Injuries hampered Kwadwo Poku Mahala’s potentials – Asamoah Gyan

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Black Stars legend, Asamoah Gyan has expressed worry over how injuries ruined the potentials of former Kumasi Asante Kotoko striker Kwadwo Poku from reaching a higher peak in his football career.

According to the one-time skipper of the Black Stars, the former teammate at Black Meteors was talented but persistent injuries contributed to his failure to live up to expectations.

Kwadwo Poku best known as ‘Mahala’ was among few players to have burst unto the scene of the Ghanaian topflight league with huge talents in the 2000s.

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But Gyan speaking ahead of his book launch titled ‘LeGyandary’ on April 30 at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra at 17:00GMT, said had it not been injuries the former would have reached greater heights.

“Kwadwo Poku (former Kotoko). He had great talent. I think he didn’t live up to his potentials. I won’t blame him that much because he had some injuries. But for me i felt he had the potentials to reach higher,” Asamoah Gyan said on Angel floodlight Sports.

Despite featuring for some Danish clubs including FC Midtjylland, Ikast FC, Skive, Tjørring IF and Ringkøbing IF, Asamoah Gyan admitted “At least he played outside but i think he could have reached higher than that.”

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At Kumasi Asante Kotoko, his exploit helped the fabulous win the 2003 and 2007 Ghana Premier League titles as well as one GHALCA and SWAG Cups respectively.

He also played for Sekondi Hasaacas, King Faisal, Bofoakwa Tano and Kumasi Conerstone, all in Ghana.

Kwadwo Poku who formed part of Ghana’s squad that participated in the Athens 2004 Olympic men’s football team scored two goals in nine matches for the Black Stars before retiring in 2015.

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