Gideon Baah cleared
to play again
By: David Kyei
After a whooping twenty months of
inactivity and staying away from the game of football due to a
career threatening injury, Gideon Baah, his family, fans and
supporters of fabulous Asante Kotoko can now heave a sigh of
relief and give thanks to God Almighty for fully seeing the
darling player through into recovery.
The good news after the tortuous a year and
eighteen months battle for recovery is that, Gideon is now fit
and mentally prepared to begin plying his trade in the famous
At the clubs Adarko Jarchie Training
grounds last Saturday morning, a short symbolic handing over
ceremony was held where the players was finally handed to the
technical team of Kotoko.
The ceremony saw Dr. Angel Chambers and Mr.
James Commey-Bortsie of DeYale Sports Centre, the rehabilitation
centre that did the final work on Gideon handed over the player
and fully assured Coach Maxwell Konadu and his team of
assistants that the player was fit to play and that “you should
not harbor any fear whatsoever when you decide to use him”.
“Gideon has been physically healed and
psychologically toughened to begin playing the sport of football
again,” Dr. Angel Chambers said.
Coach Maxwell Konadu on behalf of the club
thanked the experts fro DeYale Sports Centre for their good work
on the player and went on to testify on the progress of Gideon.
“Three to four months ago, Gideon though
wanted to play had difficulty sprinting and even using the left
foot to kick the ball. Now, I see a vast difference as he uses
the foot now for everything in football”.
“I have seen him sprint beautifully and
also seen some wonderful kicks from him and I can only be happy
for him and the club. His full recovery now means that we are
going to have more options per the usage of players,” Coach
Maxwell told the DeYale Centre team of experts.
In separate interviews with the DeYale
team, they were unanimous in the fact that though Gideon was
fully recovered and healed, he had to be integrated slowly back
into first team play.
According to Dr. Chambers, the CEO and
specialist of DeYale Centre, it was imperative that the player
be given less demanding roles in the team and matches.
“I have had extensive discussions with Dr.
Boateng and Coach Maxwell where we have agreed to slowly start
Gideon so that he naturally gets himself back into playing
“I am sure that after some days playing
both at training and in the reserves league where he will have
to play from now, it will not take long to see Gideon play
She described the work she and her team did
on Gideon as a tough one that challenged their specialty.
“Working on Gideon was a challenging one
because we realized that much as we could help him come back
into playing, the three surgeries he underwent have had a big
toll him psychologically and so everything we did had to be
explained to him in fine detail to first gain his confidence and
secondly get him out of the psychological enclosure”.
“Luckily for us, Gideon had prepared
himself well and was sure he could play and so he really worked
hard on the therapies he underwent”.
“We carefully blended the sessions so that
he could go through with sweat and fun. He was a very serious
client and I am happy with his progress”.
She described the trip to personally hand
over the player as very important because it also offered their
team to see their client play and sprint.
“The fact that his colleagues also saw us
hand him over will also clear any doubt they may have had about
On his part, Mr. Commey-Bortsie, the
therapist, added that the types of injuries their outfit has
treated since he started work with the centre clearly indicated
that injury situation has got a long connection with neglect.
“These players come with injuries that do
not happen at once. They occur as a result of long-neglect of
some simple injuries which if had been taken care off would not
result in major injuries that will require surgeries”.
“I assure all that Gideon is fit and we at
DeYale are eagerly waiting to see him play actively again. We
took him through therapies and processes and I am convinced that
he is well”.
“Before I go, I want to advice all sports
men and women that they should not conceal injuries from members
of their technical team. They should see early assistance to
prevent bigger injuries”.
It will be recalled that Gideon Baah
completely broke his leg in an epic match against Hearts of Oak
at the Baba Yara Stadium in March 2010.
The days after his injury have been
movement from one challenging issue to another including
three surgeries on the same foot”