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Player Profile: Daniel Amartey

By Mutala Yakubu
Daniel Amartey
Daniel Amartey

Daniel Amartey is a Ghanaian defender who plays English Premier League side Leicester City.

Date of birth
23-year-old Amartey was born on December 21, 1994

Early football career

Amartey started his football career with Ghana Premier League side Inter Allies.

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Djurgårdens IF

His first experience outside the shores of Ghana came in 2013 when he was spotted as a sixteen-year-old by Magnus Pehrsson who was on a scouting trip in Africa during his preparation to take over as manager of Djurgårdens IF.

When Pehrsson became manager he secured the transfer rights for Amartey from the day he turned 18.

To help prepare Amartey for his future permanent move to Sweden in 2013 the club brought him over for shorter periods of time in both 2011 and 2012 where he got to play for the clubs U21 team.

Amartey went on to play 34 times for the club between 2013-14.


In July 2014, Amartey moved to F.C. Copenhagen for a fee of €2.5 million plus add-ons, and made his Superliga-debut on 20 July in a match against Silkeborg IF.

Amartey became a cult hero for the Danish side, he made 44 appearances for the side and scored 3 goals.
During his two years stay with he helped the side win the Danish Superliga and Danish Cup.

Leicester City

He made his biggest career move to English Premier League side Leicester City in 2016. Amartey joined Leicester who were on their way to winning the English Premier League.

Signed for £6 million pounds in January, Amartey featured five times as his team Leicester City won the Premier League title.
Amartey scored his first goal for Leicester in an 88th-minute equaliser away at Stoke City on 17 December 2016, salvaging a 2–2 draw.

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International career

In May 2012 Amartey made his debut for the Ghana national under-20 football team in a game against Nigeria. He was also selected to play in the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup but Djurgården wanted to keep him in Sweden since the tournament clashed with the 2013 Allsvenskan season. In January 2015, Amartey played in all the group matches for Ghana at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, where the Black Stars finished as runners-up.

He played six times at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, lasting 90 minutes in every match to help Ghana finish fourth in the tournament. His performances saw him named in the CAF Team of the tournament.

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