Evelyn Badu will give us a lot of joy - Avaldsnes Coach Riise praise Ghanaian goal poacher

Evelyn Badu will give us a lot of joy - Avaldsnes Coach Riise praise Ghanaian goal poacher

Emmanuel Kwame Donkor
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:50 PM
  • Ghanaian Sekondi based women club, Hasaacas Ladies have sold their lethal goal scorer, Evelyn Badu to Norwegian women's first division side, Avaldsnes IL
  • The deal announced on Tuesday, December 21, means Hasaacas Ladies would be without their top scorer for the rest of the Ghana women's league
  • Alvadsnes coach, John Riise, has praised their new signing footballing prowess and expects the the 19-year-old to bring his team a lot of joy

John Arne Riise, the manager of Norwegian women's top-flight side, Avaldsnes IL, has heaped a lot of praise on the club's new signing, Evelyn Badu from Hasaacas Ladies.

The former Liverpool defender, now manager, said the 19-year-old was a great addition to his team's attacking threat.

He noted that with Evelyn's Badu's exciting play offensively, Avaldsnes' fans could look forward to getting a lot of joy from watching Badu play.

"Evelyn is an offensively exciting player with good basic skills. She has a good eye, is a facilitator, and will hopefully give us a lot of joy on the field," Riise told the club's website.

John Riise however threw caution to the wind, and warned fans not to expect and immediate burst into stardom from the new Ghanaian midfielder, as she would need time to adjust to her new environment.

"But it is important to give her time for everything new she wants to experience here in Norway, not just a new country and new culture, but not least another football culture."

Evelyn Badu was named the best player and top scorer for her five goals in the first ever Confederation of African Football (CAF) Women's Champions league, whcih Hasaacas Ladies lost to South Africa's Memalodi Sundowns in the finals in Egypt.

Evelyn Badu also played a big part in Hasaacas domestic quadruple this year, Avaldsnes manager, Riise, thinks despite her long season, the 19-year-old is definitely a positive addition to his side.

"Despite that [needing time to settle down], we are betting that Evelyn will be a good addition to our team in 2022," he added.

Badu is the club's second signing since Riise took charge early this month, following the arrival of American winger Sydney Blomquist last week.

The 19-year-old joins the Toppserien club on a two-and-a-half year deal from Ghana Women's Premier League champions Hasaacas Ladies and will look to help her new club as much as she helped the old ahead of the 2022 season which starts in May.

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Scott Geelan, noted that given the magnitude of the tournament and Ghana's failure in winning it for more than 40 years, he'd expected a more experienced crop of players.

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Emmanuel Kwame Donkor
Ghana Sports Editor