Ghanaians Set Internet Ablaze After Crystal Palace Announce Signing of Irishman with Ghanaian Name

Ghanaians Set Internet Ablaze After Crystal Palace Announce Signing of Irishman with Ghanaian Name

Lukman Mumuni
August 12, 2022 at 12:50 AM
  • Ghanaian football fans have taken to social media to react to the announcement of Crystal Palace's new signing
  • The English Premier League side announced the arrival of Kofi Balmer NIFL Premiership side Larne
  • The Northern Irishman caught the attention of Ghanaians on Twitter because of his first name, which is a typical Akan name

Crystal Palace's new signing, Kofi Balmer, has been trending in Ghana following his arrival at the English Premier League outfit.

The South London club announced the signing of the Northern Irishman on Thursday, after he signed a one-year deal with the Academy side.

Kofi Balmer has gathered a lot of interest in Ghana because of his first name, which is a name given to a Friday born by the Akan tribe.

Kofi Balmer, Crystal Palace, Northern Ireland
Crystal Palace has announced the signing of Northern Ireland defender Kofi Balmer. Credit: @CPFC
Source: Twitter

Ghanaians are surprised a player from Northern Ireland is named Kofi, but according to reports he was named after for UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. Annan was a Ghanaian diplomat.

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The 21-year-old joins the Eagles from Norther Irish Football League Premiership side Larne.

Kofi Balmer was born in Northern Ireland and has represented the country at youth levels.

How Ghanaians reacted to Kofi Balmer's signing

@1Kwameam wrote:

He’s Irish, no Ghanaian lineage, and he not even born on a Friday. That’s elite appropriation.

@Chuks_Dave added:

Lol Palace getting forced to sign white players and they signed the one named Kofi

@User_Francis also tweeted:

Kid is from Northern Ireland, has no family links whatsoever to Ghana, but is named Kofi in honour of former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Globalisation is a truly amazing thing to witness. What a time to be alive. The world is actually getting smaller.

@quaqueric posted:

Ghana FA for your scouting. he might be of one of us

@Just7Ven wrote:

Amasaman boy chaley. E go Tema Tech

@Eny3byForce added:

Which kind KOFI too dis

@callmebaffuor tweeted:

Ghana FA, tell your boss he has a miss call

@KwakuAhenkorah3 added:

So Crystal Palace will do everything possible to get a Ghanaian connection. Kofi Broni paa alla. Haha.

Ghanaians duo score for Crystal Palace in pre-season

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Jordan Ayew and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi were on the score sheet for Crystal Palace as they defeated Millwall 5-4 in a pre-season friendly on Saturday afternoon.

The Ghanaian duo played instrumental roles as Patrick Vieira's side claimed their first win of pre-season in a frantic game with the Championship side.

Palace broke the deadlock through Eberechi Eze after three minutes, but Benik Afobe equalized for Millwall almost immediately.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.
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