Ishmael Addo in his prime days wanted to become one of the top players but the players around him was very good which didn't make him shine the way he wants it. When we are talking of strikers he is the one we keep mentioning his name for winning the goal king in the Ghana Premier League for three consecutive years. But what we can always see now adays are one season wonder then they move out to lebanon, vietnam, kosovo and more. Ishmael played Hearts of Oak and strike for Ghana Black Stars before moving to abroad. Once upon a time Ishmael Addo was a boss striker in Ghana and Hearts of Oak as the undisputed masters. Addo made his senior debut in 2000 at the age of 17, also managing to score his first goal against Sierra Leone during the 2002 World Cup CAF qualification final round. "Yes. I think I should’ve but then you know we had these big stars. We are talking about big strikers who were playing in the Black Stars back then were exceptional because we had Augustine Arhinful, all the big names," he told Tv3 Sports. "Actually I had my chances and I took them so I wouldn’t regret anything that went on.
"It was a different playing style because it is a different coach coming in and we had a different coach back at Hearts of Oak so it was something different," he added. Following a glittering career with the Phobians, the striker struggled to replicate his wizardry form elsewhere but remains fulfilled over his footballing adventure. "I will probably use one word. That is to say I was fulfilled. I gave my best and my all to them (Hearts) when I was with them so I think my job was done and I did a good job with them,” added the soft spoken ex-Ghana international who now resides in the United States.
This is a player who plays with his heart and not for money. Football has now become money and business putting aside the talent and fitness of the player. "I will always stand there and watch Ishmael dribbling and taking time before he kicks the ball to score, so I always ask him to be fast but forget it. He is a player we need to be outdoored and honored because since he left the league there haven't been any player like him to win back-to-back goal king of the league for any other team in Ghana" Charles Taylor. With 71 league appearances for the Accra club, Ishmael Addo scored 62 goals winning the top scorer award on three consecutive occasions in the process (1999, 2000 and 2001). He out-thought, out-fought, out-worked, out-maneuvered, out-played and outscored every single opponent he came up against. A product of Auroras; Hearts’ youth team, it was his versatility, adept nature off both feet and ease at which he shut opponents out which saw him fast-tracked into Attuquayefio's starting XI - becoming a prominent member of the dreaded 64 battalions, wearing the No. 18 shirt. A real fox in the box. With Addo in attack, the Phobians were the real deal.
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