Dallas Signs Ghanian Defender

Dallas Signs Ghanian Defender

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On January 6, 2010
  • 3 Comments
  • Aziz Ansah, Player Signings

One of the top priorities in Dallas this winter was signing some defensive help. Today the club has announced the signing of 29-year old Ghanian defender Aziz Ansah. He was most recently with Heartland FC in Nigeria. He has nine caps with the Ghana National Team and was named the Sportswriters Association of Ghana Best Footballer of 2003. Ansah will be eligible to play for FC Dallas pending receipt of his International Transfer Certificate.

“Aziz will be a good addition to the FC Dallas defense,” said Hyndman. “He has the ability to play in many different positions, having played in all four of the defensive positions as well as defensive/holding center midfield. When I saw him recently in Ghana he was playing right midfield. Aziz is very technical and has the athletic ability to match up in the MLS.”

No doubt this signing will change how Dallas will draft next week at the SuperDraft. Hyndman found him on his recent scouting trip in Ghana, a trip more clubs are starting to make now days in MLS.

I like this move on the surface for Dallas though I honestly don’t know a lot about Ansah yet. One thing does worry me about him though, he’s played for a lot of clubs (10) since 1998. Judging by his track record he won’t be in MLS in 2011, but hopefully this is a move that really works out for him.

  • MLS really needs to scout Africa more thoroughly. There's plenty of talent (cheap talent) on the Continent. The league has made inroads into Central & South America for obvious reasons, but it shouldn't forget about places like Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria & South Africa.

    • Couldn’t agree more. It’s something I’ve discussed on here before too that the league needs to take that region of the world serious in their scouting.

  • MLS really needs to scout Africa more thoroughly. There's plenty of talent (cheap talent) on the Continent. The league has made inroads into Central & South America for obvious reasons, but it shouldn't forget about places like Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria & South Africa.