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Player Profile: Harrison Afful

By Mutala Yakubu
Harrison Afful
Harrison Afful

Harrison Afful is a Ghanaian football player who plays as a right-back for Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew SC.

Date of birth
Harrison Afful was born on July 24, 1986, in Tema, Accra.

Early football career

He started his career with Feyenoord Academy and had trials with Feyenoord Rotterdam and K.V. Mechelen in the summer of 2008.
He was loaned to Kumasi Asante Kotoko in 2007 to 2009 where he excelled and was voted Ghana Premier League best player in 2008.

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ES Tunis

Afful was on the move to Tunisia after having trials with Swedish side Helsingborgs IF. He signed a three year contract in 2009 with Tunisian side  ES Tunis.

Afful spent six years with between 2009 and 2014. During that period, he won four League titles and one CAF Champions League title.

He also played in the Club World Cup with Tunis in the 2011 FIFA Club World Cup. Tunis were drawn to face Al Sadd in the quarterfinals.

Afful started the match on the bench, coming on at halftime to replace Idrissa Coulibaly. However, Tunis were defeated 2–1 and eliminated from title contention. They instead played in the fifth-place match against Monterrey.

Afful started against the Mexican side, playing the full 90 minutes in a 3–2 defeat that resulted in a 6th-place finish for ES Tunis.

Columbus Crew SC

On July 30, 2015, after his contract expired with ES Tunis Afful signed for MLS club Columbus Crew SC.

Afful made his league and club debut on August 19, a home match against league expansion side New York City FC. He started at right back, playing 60 minutes before being replaced by Hector Jiménez in an eventual 2–2 draw.

He is currently with Columbus Crew SC and has made 89 appearances and scored five goals in return.

Black Stars

Afful plays at international level for his native Ghana. His first cap was earned during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations, a 4–2 victory over Ivory Coast in the third-place match on February 9, 2008.

He captained the Black Stars for the first time in their 3–2 victory over Congo on September 1, 2015.

Afful was part of the Ghana squads for the 2008, 2010, 2013, and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He also made two appearances at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Personal life

The 32 year old is married to one Roberta Harmah who is a fashion designer . Both tied the knot in a short ceremony in June 2013 in Ghana. He has two kids a boy named Kendrick and a girl called Kimora.

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