The making of Ghana Black Stars and Asante Kotoko center back, Habib ‘Thuram’ Mohammed Jnr

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Born on July 4th 1997 in the Bono Region of Ghana (Sunyani) to Alhaji Salifu Musah Mohammed and Hajia Mariam Abubarkari Mohammed.

Mohammed Habib Jnr started his education at the Sunyani Municipal Assembly Primary School located in Zongo Abetifi.

Habib Jnr dreamt of becoming a professional player whiles in elementary school, he began his football career with Eleven Lions F.C as a central midfielder.

The now center back was played in central midfield due to his ability to win back possession, his technique, vision and passing range.

Habib also possessed a keen eye for goal, due to his ability to get forward and make late attacking runs from behind into the penalty area, or produce accurate and powerful shots from distance.

Beyond his qualities as a footballer, he also possessed good leadership skills. Even as a youngster, Habib Mohammed’s leadership abilities was glaring, he was always commanding amongst his peers.

Habib earned the nickname Lilian Thuram (a retired French footballer) as a result of his powerful and tough tackling playing style.

Habib’s stellar performances during inter-schools competitions at Senior High school level captured the attention of many. He was widely tipped to be one of the best players to come from Sunyani.

The 23-year-old previously played for Allah Koso FC (Division 2), Aston Villa FC (Division 2) and Division One side Bofoakwa Tano, before earning a move to Ashanti Gold.

The workaholic defender didn’t disappoint at Ashanti Gold, he continued to impress and earned a move to Asante Kotoko in January 2019.

He has then become an integral member of the squad and played a key role in the club’s triumph in the Normalization Committee Special competition.

Mohammed Habib has previously featured for the Black Stars “B” and the Ghana Under-23 side.

He was handed his maiden Black Stars call up ahead of the 2021 Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Sudan, however, the game was indefinitely suspended due to the widespread of the novel coronavirus.

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