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Player Profile: Afriyie Acquah

By Mutala Yakubu
Afriyie Acquah
Afriyie Acquah

Afriyie Acquah is a Ghanaian midfielder who plays for Italian Serie side Empoli.

Date of birth
26-year old Afriyie Acquah was born on January 5, 1992, in Sunyani, Brong-Ahafo, Ghana.

Early football career
The tough-tackling midfielder began his career with Glentoran Football Academy in Sunyani.

He then moved to Mine Stars in 2008 and established himself as one of the best midfielders.

Bechem United

Acquah then moved to Ghanaian top flight side Bechem United in 2009 and then moved to D.C united Ghana that same year.


He then moved to Italian side Palermo in 2011 and had his first taste of Italian football and played 31 times between 2011 and 2013.

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.


Palermo then decided to sell Acquah to German side Hoffenheim for almost 3 million Euros. He signed a four-year deal in 2013 but was loaned to Parma in 2013 and Sampdoria in 2015.


Acquah was back to Italy on a permanent basis after signing a four-year contract in 2015.
He played 71 times for the club and scored 5 goals in return.


He left Torino in 2018 and signed for Serie A newcomers Empoli.

International career

On 26 February 2012, Acquah was called up to the Ghana squad to face Chile. Acquah made his senior Ghana debut against Chile on 29 February 2012 at the PPL Park in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. On 13 October 2012, in Civo Stadium, Lilongwe he scored a goal for Ghana against Malawi.

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In May 2014, Acquah was named in a provisional 26-man squad in the FIFA World Cup by Ghana manager James Kwesi Appiah. On 2 June 2014, Acquah was selected in Ghana's squad for the 2014 tournament.

Acquah made his World Cup debut, coming on as a substitute for Mohammed Rabiu in the 76th minutes, in a 2-1 loss against Portugal.

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