After getting a goal against one of the biggest teams in the country, football pundits begin to ask – Who is Ropapa Mensah?
But who exactly is this emerging star? www.interalliesfc.com take a closer look at the young striker who is gradually cementing his place in Paa Kwesi Fabin’s first team.
Name: Kwamina Ropapa Mensah
Age: 17 (18 in August)
Position: Striker/Center Forward
Ropapa’s route to the top began when he joined lower tier side Cape Coast Strikers in the Central Region. He was pushed forcefully into the first team in his first year with sharp dribbling skills.
His instinctive finishing earned him a call up to the National U-23 after his Cape Coast Strikers side played a friendly match with Black Meteors, his solitary goal in the game was enough to convince the national team handlers.
With his desire to play at the highest level in the country he joined Inter Allies after his fantastic exploits with the national team.
“It’s always been a dream for me to play among the best in the country. I always wanted to play in the Ghana Premier League because it’s the highest standard for any young boy growing up here in the country.”
“I got a call one day that Inter Allies want me, I saw the opportunity to fulfil my dream and play in the Premier League so I grabbed it with both hands, glad to be here.”
The 17-year-old was at the bench of the ‘Eleven Is To One’ when they beat Great Olympics at the Accra Sports Stadium (week 10). He then marked his debut at the Tema Sports Stadium when he came off the bench for Edward Alan Shearer in the 57th minute as Inter Allies beat King Solomon 4-1 in the MTN FA Cup R64 clash. He was involved in the build up to Imoro Adams’ goal (Inter Allies 2nd goal on the day.)
The young striker’s pace and trickery up front earned him a starting role when the team travelled to Wa to play league match with All Stars. His 91st minute free kick wasn’t well grabbed by All Stars’ goalkeeper and Boateng pounced on the rebounds for his first league goal, Ropapa lasted the entire duration.
Once again his aggressiveness in front of goal earned him his biggest duties so far in his career, starting against Hearts of Oak.
“When coach told me I would be starting, I was happy but a bit under pressure to deliver because it was a make or break day for me.”
The young striker got the advantage of a defensive error and stole the ball from Hearts defenders to slot home his first goal for the club.
“Wow! I couldn’t believe myself when me and my teammates were celebrating the goal. Scoring against one of the biggest teams – a beautiful way to open my account in the country’s topflight and for my club, I won’t forget that.”
His ball control, quick feet and instinctive finishing is a sign of good things to come from this young lad.
Even though he has only featured three times for the club, the 17-year-old has exhibited fine football skills which indicates that he has a lot more to display as the season unfolds.