Ghana’s goalkeeping success is on the increase as the young shot-stopping star Emmanuel Ogura has been named Man of the Match at the Denmark top-flight game.
The 19-year-old who is part of Nordsjaelland received the prize after his bravery during Sunday’s draw 2-2 in the match against Danish huges Midtjylland.
Ogura, an alumni from the Right to Dream Academy in Akosombo made some impressive stoppages in the game, which has attracted attention to his skill.
Although he conceded two goals during the game against UEFA Champions League regular campaigners, the officials of football decided that Ogura was to be awarded the award due to his efforts to stop the game.
The award was presented at the end of the match from one of the sponsoring companies of the contest, indicating that Ogura is expected to add to the ever-growing pool of the best Ghanaian goalkeepers who play in top leagues of Europe.
Ogura is one of the goalkeepers being identified by Ghana coaches of one of Ghana’s national team to help boost the section of the Black Stars.
FC Nordsjaelland coach Flemming Pedersen is very pleased with young 19-year-old Emmanuel Ogura, whom he compares to the Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana of Ajax Amsterdam
The 19-year-old Ghanaian was a debutant with Nordsjaelland in a somewhat unexpected manner, 8 months after being transferred into Denmark by Ghana’s Right to Dream Academy in Ghana.
He did quite well, according to the head coach Flemming Pedersen, who compared Ogura to Ajax Andre Onana.
“I am very pleased with Ogura’s performance in the sense that he plays with an offensive mindset. He was already out at the start of the match, actually wildly far out, grabbing a long throw. He put himself in respect, and he was not afraid to play without on the field,” Pedersen said.
“He is a modern goalkeeper, and we call him ‘Mini-Onana’. Obviously, there are times where he got a little at half distance, but that is being worked on. It’s always cool for us to see a young debutant from our own academies.”