KOLKATA: When Mohammedan Sporting Club signed Philip Adjah Tetteh in August last year, everybody wondered why Black Panthers signed this relatively unknown forward. Weeks later it didn’t take long for people to witness Adjah’s talent, he has a blueprint of promise all over his meticulous moves.
Adjah is a wonderfully gifted technician, capable of scoring some truly incredible goals; just look at his goals against East Bengal in September 2018. The striker is much more than just the target man he is made out to be, constantly working hard and bringing the whole team into the game with his hold-up play.
Joining Mohammedan SC as a relatively unknown quantity, the Ghanaian forward has been in truly devastating form this season with coach Raghunath Nandy obtaining the best from of his star forward. But the facts must be told on this fairytale story.
Adjah is a clear example of how statistics can be deceiving. Despite scoring 22 goals from 24 appearances in all compositions this season, he is yet to prove himself on the big stage.
In fact, barring his goals against East Bengal and Mohun Bagan in 2018/19 Calcutta Premier Division League, most of the goals by this controversial striker has came against inferior teams such as BSS Sporting Club, Oil India Dhulijan and Assam State Electricity Board in nondescript tournaments such as Bordoloi Trophy, Bodoland Martyrs Gold Cup and GTA Chairman’s Gold Cup. He must start scoring goals against stronger oppositions.
If Adjah is to be considered for a big-money move to one of Indian football’s elite clubs in future, he desperately needs to improve his behaviour off the field. He is making headlines for all the wrong reasons in the recent past as the striker regularly plays unauthorized football tournaments for local teams to earn quick money despite being under contract with Mohammedan Sporting. He also seems to have some serious attitude problem, we often read reports about his altercations with Mohammedan Sporting officials causing due to his alleged arrogant and unprofessional behaviour and was even deemed as a toxic presence in the dressing room.
With Mohammedan Sporting once again aspiring for the I-League promotion, Adjah doesn’t seem to be the man that will help them get to the promised land. In fact he is not half the player that people think he is.