Islanders Sign Ghanaian Player Fredrick Yamoah Opoku

Harrisburg, Pa (May 5, 2017) – The Harrisburg City Islanders have added another forward to their 2017 roster with the signing of Fredrick Yamoah Opoku from Ghana.

“I am very excited to be on this team,” said Opoku. “I want to do my best to help the team going forward throughout the season.”

Opoku shows great attacking speed from the wings and can track back in support of his full back. His accurate passing and quick feet make him a tough player to defend.

“Freddie is an exciting young player that we think has a bright future and we’re happy to have him as a part of our team,” said Islanders head coach Bill Becher.

Opoku most recently spent time in the Ghana Premier League as a member of Inter Allies FC. Harrisburg already has two players from the same Ghanaian club in Abass Mohammed and Ropapa Mensah.

Opoku got his start in Ghana as a part of the Accra Youth program before being called up to join the senior side during the first round of games in the 2013-14 season.

After not playing in the first 15 games of his professional career, Opoku saw his first action in the latter portion of the season and became an integral part of the club’s resurgence and run to the final of the Ghana FA Cup.

In the following season, Opoku set a record by playing in all 30 games in the 2014-15 season. He was the first young player to achieve this feat.

Opoku saw his first international action in 2016 when he was called to be a part of the Ghana National U20 team and played during the African Youth Championship qualifiers.

Opoku joins current Islanders forwards Aaron Wheeler, Mike Olla, Cardel Benbow, Ropapa Mensah, and Pedro Ribeiro.
 
Fredrick Opoku:
Position: Forward
Height: 5’4
Age: 19
Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
 
The Harrisburg City Islanders 25 Man Roster Includes: 
 
Paul Wilson (Midfield)
Mohoumed Dabo (Midfield)
Danny DiPrima (Midfield)
Cardel Benbow (Forward)
Shawn McLaws (Defense)
James Thomas (Defense)
Aaron Wheeler (Forward)
Lee Nishanian (Defense)
Chris Hill (Defense)
Jonny Mendoza (Midfield)
Travis Brent (Defense)
Brandon Miller (Goalkeeper)
John Grosh (Midfield)
Mike Olla (Forward)
Jake Bond (Defense)
Griffin Libhart (Defense)
Nick Noble (Goalkeeper)
Manolo Sanchez (Midfield)
Sean Lewis (Goalkeeper)
Abass Mohammed (Defense)
Ropapa Mensah (Forward)
Tiago Calvano (Defense)
Rasheed Olabiyi (Midfield)
Pedro Ribeiro (Forward)
Fredrick Yamoah Opoku (Forward)

Harrisburg is set to return home for their first game at FNB Field in over a month when they take on the Charleston Battery on Saturday, May 20 at 7 p.m.

ABOUT THE HARRISBURG CITY ISLANDERS

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