Four months after being denied a great opportunity to play for Ghana at the Fifa Under 17 World Cup India 2017, promising midfielder Kamal Deen Sowah has signed a four and half year deal with English Premier League side Leicester City from his parent club Sporting Club Accra.
Deen, who turned 18 years on 14th January, 2017, signed on the dotted line while Leicester’s Director of Football Jon Rudkin signed for his outfit after the two parties agreed terms.
The defensive midfielder has been loaned out to Belgium second division side Oud-Heverlee Leuven for the rest of the season to gain some much needed experience.
“I feel great! I did not think I was going to get this offer,” Kamal told www.liquidsportsghana.com adding that, “I’m very happy and I want to thank everybody who stood by me and encouraged me including Bro. Fiifi, friends in the zongo, brothers and Sporting Club of Accra.”
He added, “I want to work hard and repay the confidence reposed in me by Leicester City. I can’t wait to play in front of the fans at the King Power stadium. But now, I want to concentrate on my loan move and develop quickly.
The President and club owner of Sporting Club Accra, Mr. Fiifi Parker Hanson expressed his joy at the deal, saying he is confident Kamal will make it in Belgium.
“We are happy for the boy. We work for the interest of the player and club and so we made sure we looked out for the best deal for him. He has to go there and prove himself.”
“Kamal has the potential to be a great player and he will make it in Belgium. He has a good technical ability and can develop his strength,” he summed up.
www.liquidsportsghana.com understands Deen did not try-out with the former English champions before signing the deal as he had previously impressed the club’s chief scout and its former coach Nigel Pearson.
It will be recalled that Deen and three other national under 17 players were denied the opportunity of playing for the national under 17 team, the Black Starlets, at the Fifa U-17 World Cup in October, 2017 after their then club (not Sporting Club Accra) claimed it was because they had refused to extend their contracts.
That club further claimed they had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) that gave them the right to stop any player from joining the national team once they fail to extend their contracts.
Even though the GFA denied they had signed any such MOU with that club, they did very little to help the players secure their freedom to play for the nation.
Ironically, none of the players who played for the Black Starlets at the Fifa U-17 World Cup last year is yet to secure a contract abroad.
Kamal joins Leicester City with a wealth of experience having played with the national under 17 team and winning a gold medal that the world’s largest youth football tournament, the Gothia Cup. He has also featured at the Premier Cup, Super Cup and Milk Cup.
He becomes the third Ghanaian player to have signed professional terms with Leicester City in recent times following in the stead of Daniel Amartey and Jeffrey Schlupp.