Gabriel Boakye

Gabriel Boakye (born February 26, 1998) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays as a forward for 1. FC Köln II in the Regionalliga West.

Gabriel Boakye
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Boakye
Date of birth (1998-02-26) February 26, 1998
Place of birth Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[1]
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
1. FC Köln II
Number 15
Youth career
2006 Oakridges SC
2009 Richmond Hill SC
2011 West Toronto SC
2012–2015 TFC Academy
2016–2017 Energie Cottbus
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2015 Toronto FC II 9 (0)
2017–2018 Energie Cottbus 17 (4)
2018– 1. FC Köln II 30 (1)
National team
2015 Canada U17 5 (0)
2016–2017 Canada U20 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of November 9, 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of February 23, 2017

Club career

Toronto FC II

Boakye began playing soccer at the age of eight for Oakridges SC.[2] He joined affiliate club Toronto FC II on loan during the 2015 USL season and made eight appearances.[3] On July 9, 2015, Boakye made his professional debut in a 2–0 defeat to Pittsburgh Riverhounds. He suffered a further six defeats, claiming only one victory in his time with the club. His final appearance came on September 17 in a 2–1 loss to Richmond Kickers.[4] In November 2015, Boakye was one of two Toronto FC players for Under-17 Men's Player of the Year at the 2015 Canada Soccer Player Awards.[5] The award was won by Vancouver Whitecap's Kadin Chung.[6]

Energie Cottbus

Boakye moved to Energie Cottbus in 2016, largely playing with the U-19 team. He made his first substitute appearance for the first team in December 2016.[7] While at Energie Cottbus, Boakye would switch from a fullback, to a forward,[8] earning positive review in the process as he scored 4 goals in 17 games while the club earned promotion to the 3. Liga.[9]

1. FC Köln II

After two seasons with Energie Cottbus, Boakye signed with 1. FC Köln II.[10]

International career

Boakye featured in the Canadian youth program for the first time in 2013 under coach Tony Fonseca, but made his international debut during the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. On February 28, 2015, he played 90 minutes a 3–1 victory over Haiti. He then followed up with a further four international appearances over the next few weeks. His final outing came on March 15, when suffering a 3–0 defeat to Costa Rica.[2] In February 2017, Boakye was named to Canada's roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship[11]

Personal life

Boakye's father was born in Kumasi, Ghana, while his mother was born in Accra, Ghana. As a result, he is eligible to represent Canada or Ghana.[12]

References

  1. "Spieler". FC Energie Cottbus e.V. (in German). Retrieved January 30, 2018.
  2. "Canada Soccer". canadasoccer.com. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  3. "TFC II adds three players from the Academy". Toronto FC. April 16, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  4. "Ghana - G. Boakye - Profile with news, career statistics and history - Soccerway". uk.soccerway.com. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  5. "Kia TFC Academy Players Nominated for Canada U-17 Player of the Year Award". Toronto FC. November 30, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  6. "WFC2 fullback Kadin Chung named 2015 Canadian U-17 Player of the Year". Vancouver Whitecaps FC. December 13, 2015. Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  7. Soccerway. "Gabriel Boakye profile".
  8. Von Frank Noack (November 17, 2017). "FCE-Youngster Boakye contra Torjäger". LR online.
  9. Jan Lehmann (October 24, 2017). "Schließt Boakye die Lücke beim FCE?". LR Online.
  10. "Gabriel Baokye wechselt nach Köln". rbb24.de. May 29, 2018.
  11. Neil Davidson (February 9, 2017). "Canada names young squad for CONCACAF U-20 Championship". Sportsnet.
  12. "Ghanaian Gabriel Boakye nominated for Best Canada U17 Player Award - GHANAsoccernet.com". social_image. Retrieved March 27, 2016.
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