Gideon Baah

Full name: Gideon Baah
Date of Birth: 1st October 1991
Place of Birth: Accra
Height: 6ft 1in (1.85 metres)
Playing Position: Centre Back
Secondary Positions: Left Back, Central, Offensive and Defensive Midfield
Current Club: FC Honka, Finland
Previous Clubs: Asante Kotoko SC, Sporting Mirren, Ghana
Jersey Number: 3



Background

Gideon Baah, who currently plays for FC Honka was born in Accra, Ghana in 1991 to Silas and Sabina Baah. He is married to Henrietta (Herty) Gustav-Baah who is also from Accra.

Gideon always dreamed of a successful career in football and that dream started to transform into reality when in 2007 he beat off 32,000 other applicants to win a televised football competition (MTN Soccer Academy) in his home country, Ghana. This competition, which was the first of a now yearly competition, organised and sponsored by MTN/Metro TV, saw 14 young footballers move into a house (big brother style!!) where they had to undergo skills and personality tests. Gideon received a number of prizes which included cash, a car and a trip to the UK to train with the Chelsea FC academy. As part of the prizes, Gideon also won a trip to South Africa to watch the quarter finals of the World Cup in July 2010 which coincidentally was a match between Ghana and Uruguay.

In 2009, Gideon signed a three year contract with his favourite team Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC whose home ground is the Baba Yara stadium in Kumasi. After just 6 months, Gideon's dreams came crashing down when in March 2010, he sustained a broken shin in a premier league match against Hearts of Oak at the Baba Yara Stadium. He underwent emergency surgery at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, which left him in crutches for close to 6 months.

In November 2010, Gideon travelled to Scotland to receive assistance with his rehabilitation at Hearts of Midlothian FC. He spent 2 months in Edinburgh receiving expert advice from the club's physiotherapists and medical team. On his return back to Ghana, he continued his rehabilitation under the very capable watch of Dr Angel Chambers (Deyale Sports Centre, Accra) who on the 28 November 2011 deemed Gideon fit to join his teammates at Asante Kotoko.

On the advice of the club's medical team, the executive chairman Dr K K Sarpong decided that Gideon would be gradually introduced back into the game (after a 20 month absence) by playing and captaining the Kotoko reserves side. On 21 April 2012, Gideon played his first league match (with the first team) against Mighty Jets FC; a match he consummated with a goal which helped Kotoko to a 2-0 win. After this and subsequent performances, Gideon started to receive a lot of attention from scouts in Europe, US and Africa.

In February 2013, Gideon signed a season long loan deal with Finnish Veikkausliiga side FC Honka. On Saturday 13 March 2013, Baah made his Veikkausliiga debut in a 2-0 away loss to 'Turun Palloseura. On 22 March he made his home debut at the Tapiolan urheilupuisto against local rivals HJK Helsinki. Baah scored the winning goal on 25 March 2013 in a 0-1 victory over FC KooTeePee in the Suomen Cup to take his team through to the quarter finals but they eventually got knocked out by Mariehamn.

On the 18th July 2013, Baah made his Europa League debut in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League (first leg) second qualifying round against Poland's Lech Poznan. The game ended in a 1-3 defeat to FC Honka.

After a successful few months with the Veikkausliiga side, having been named in 'Team of the Month' for 3 consecutive months and also been chosen as one of the top 5 players in the Veikkausliiga after the first round; FC Honka requested a permanent transfer from Asante Kotoko. On the 24th of July 2013, Baah signed a 2 year contract with FC Honka.

 

 

 

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