The skipper of Ghana’s U23 team, Daniel Afriyie Barnieh, has expressed deep admiration for the esteemed comic actor, Samuel Yaw Dabo, applauding him for playing a pivotal role in propelling him to national eminence.
Dabo, renowned for his comedic prowess, also serves as the visionary behind the Dabo Soccer Academy, where he nurtured the talents of Barnieh before the prodigious youngster joined Hearts of Oak and subsequently earned a coveted place in the esteemed senior national team, the Black Stars.
Barnieh, formerly affiliated with Hearts of Oak, ascended to prominence when he spearheaded the Black Satellites to resounding victories in the WAFU Zone B U-20 Tournament in December 2020, the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in March 2021, and culminated in clinching the Ghana Premier League title during the 2021/22 season. The proficient player, who currently plies his trade with FC Zurich, acknowledges that Dabo’s endorsement and promotion significantly contributed to his heightened visibility on the global stage.
Furthermore, Barnieh’s awe-inspiring performances have earned him a well-deserved spot in Otto Addo’s roster for the illustrious 2022 FIFA World Cup, held in Qatar. In a candid interview with Poleena Multimedia, Afriyie Barnieh articulated his gratitude, stating, “I wholeheartedly embrace being referred to as Dabo’s protégé because without his influence, the world would not have come to know Afriyie Barnieh. Thus, I am more than content with this association.”
At present, the talented Afriyie Barnieh finds himself in Egypt with the Black Meteors, diligently preparing for the impending 2023 U23 Africa Cup of Nations tournament set to take place in Morocco from Saturday, June 23 to Thursday, July 8, 2023. Notably, Barnieh showcased his prowess by finding the back of the net when Ghana engaged in a test match on Thursday, June 15, in Alexandria, resulting in a 1-1 draw.