Godfred Karikari

Godfred Karikari (Chinese: 高梵·卡里卡利; Jyutping: Gou1 Faan4 Kaa1 Lei5 Kaa1 Lei6; born 11 March 1985) is a Ghanaian-born Hong Kong former professional footballer.

Godfred Karikari
2013 Godfred Karikari HKG.jpg
Karikari playing for Hong Kong in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1985-03-11) 11 March 1985 (age 36)
Place of birth Kumasi, Ghana
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Position(s) Forward
Winger
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2005 Fukien 27 (4)
2005–2007 Rangers (HKG) 48 (20)
2008–2010 Happy Valley 47 (15)
2010–2012 Pegasus 33 (20)
2012–2013 Henan Jianye 16 (1)
2014 Shenzhen Ruby 5 (2)
2014–2015 Beijing Baxy 35 (6)
2016–2017 Qingdao Huanghai 45 (5)
2018–2019 R&F 8 (2)
2020 Kitchee 0 (0)
National team
2012–2017 Hong Kong 24 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 5 September 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 10 October 2017

Early lifeEdit

Godfred Karikari was born to an affluent family in Ghana. He was a fast runner in his youth and was invited to join the school's track and field team, but he chose to play football instead. He was introduced to Hong Kong football by his manager and has not returned to Ghana since. His family members, whom he visits when he is on holiday, live in the United States and the United Kingdom today.[1]

Club careerEdit

Early careerEdit

Godfred arrived in Hong Kong in 2002 and joined Fukien. In 2005, he moved to Rangers (HKG).

Happy ValleyEdit

Godfred moved to Happy Valley in January 2008. He scored 9 goals in the remainder of the season. Although the club decided to use a youth strategy for 2009-10 season, his contract was renewed. The club finished last of the 10 clubs in the season and Godfred left the club for TSW Pegasus.

PegasusEdit

Godfred joined Pegasus. On 11 September 2010, he scored 3 goals in TSW Pegasus' 5:1 victory over HKFC.[2] On 1 April 2011, he scored another hat-trick against Tai Chung FC in a 7:1 win.[3] In total, he scored 13 goals for TSW Pegasus in all local competitions in the 2010-11 season.[4]

In the 2011-12 season, Godfred continued his good form by scoring 6 goals in 3 games, including a hat-trick against Sham Shui Po on 24 September 2011.[5] Godfred was voted Most Valuable Player of Month in September 2011 by the Hong Kong Sports Press Association.[6]

Henan JianyeEdit

On 13 June 2012, Godfred moved to mainland China and signed a contract with Chinese Super League side Henan Jianye.[7] He joined as a Hong Kong Chinese player and therefore not occupying any foreigners quotas of the club.[8] He made his debut for Henan on 23 June, in a 0-0 away draw against Dalian Shide.[9] His first goal for Henan came on 4 days later, which ensured Henan beat Chongqing Lifan 2–0 in the third round of 2012 Chinese FA Cup.[10]

Shenzhen RubyEdit

In February 2014, Godfred transferred to China League One side Shenzhen Ruby.[11]

Beijing BaxyEdit

In July 2014, Godfred transferred to another China League One club Beijing Baxy.[12]

Qingdao HuanghaiEdit

On 4 January 2016, Godfred signed by another China League One club Qingdao Huanghai.[13]

R&FEdit

After six years abroad, Karikari returned to Hong Kong's top flight, and signed with R&F on 19 January 2018.[14]

On 19 June 2019, head coach Yeung Ching Kwong announced that Karikari would not be retained.[15]

KitcheeEdit

On 5 February 2020, Karikari signed with another HKPL club Kitchee.[16] However, he failed to make any appearances during his spell at the club due to the spreading of Coronavirus which makes the HKPL being suspended from mid of March 2020.

Karikari left the club after his contract expired in July 2020.[17]

International careerEdit

Godfred has spent more than seven years playing football in Hong Kong. He received his Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card on 7 February 2011. His lack of a Hong Kong SAR passport meant he was unable to be registered as a Hong Kong player in the 2011 AFC Cup and was also unable to represent Hong Kong in international matches.[18] Due to his late application, he didn't receive his passport to represent Hong Kong until November 2011.[19] On 2 December, he was called up by caretaker Hong Kong coach Liu Chun Fai for the 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup squad.[20] Godfred Karikari scored on his debut for Hong Kong in the 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup as the match ended 2-2.[21]

Godfred has yet to obtain his Hong Kong passport, but is still being drafted into new head coach Ernie Merrick's 27-member training squad. "I was told the passport is ready and the only thing the Hong Kong Immigration Department needs is a confirmation letter from the Ghana government that I have given up my original nationality, normally, it can take some time, but I have written to the Ghana government, pressuring them to give me the papers as soon as possible. It's my dream to play for Hong Kong at international level. I hope the good news can come soon so that I can be part of the team." [22] On 11 April 2012, Hong Kong head coach Ernie Merrick confirmed that Godfred Karikari's nationality change has been approved and he can now represent Hong Kong. Merrick considers his addition to the team will be very helpful.[23]

Godfred scored his first international goal for Hong Kong against Bhutan on 11 June 2015 in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

As of 5 February 2020
Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Hong Kong League FA Cup & Shield League Cup Asia Total
2002–03 Fukien Hong Kong First Division
2003–04 3 0 0 3
2004–05 13 1 3 0 2 0 18 1
2005–06 Rangers 12 4 1 0 3 1 16 5
2006–07 17 9 2 0 3 2 22 11
2007–08 8 3 2 1 0 0 10 4
Happy Valley 6 1 1 1 1 1 8 3
2008–09 22 9 2 0 1 0 25 9
2009–10 16 4 1 0 17 4
2010–11 TSW Pegasus 16 9 3 3 2 1 0 0 21 13
2011–12 17 11 7 1 3 0 27 12
China PR League FA Cup CSL Cup Asia Total
2012 Henan Jianye Chinese Super League 9 0 2 1 11 1
2013 China League One 7 1 0 0 7 1
2014 Shenzhen Ruby 5 1 0 0 5 1
Beijing Baxy 13 3 0 0 13 3
2015 22 3 5 1 27 4
2016 Qingdao Huanghai 24 4 0 0 24 4
2017 21 1 0 0 21 1
Hong Kong League FA Cup & Shield Sapling Cup Asia Total
2017–18 R&F Hong Kong Premier League 6 2 0 0 0 0 6 2
2018–19 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0
2019–20 Kitchee 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Hong Kong 0 0
China PR 101 13 7 2 0 0 0 0 108 15
Career total 0 0

InternationalEdit

As of 15 October 2013
# Date Venue Opponent Result Scored Competition
28 December 2011 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong Guangdong 2–2 1 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup
1 January 2012 Huizhou Olympic Stadium, Huizhou, China Guangdong 0–0 (5–4 PSO) 0 2012 Guangdong-Hong Kong Cup
1 1 June 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong   Singapore 1–0 0 Friendly
2 10 June 2012 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong   Vietnam 1–2 0 Friendly
6 September 2013 Thuwunna Stadium, Yangon, Myanmar   Myanmar 0–0 0 Friendly
3 10 September 2013 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong   Singapore 1–0 0 Friendly
4 15 October 2013 Hong Kong Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong   United Arab Emirates 0–4 0 Friendly
5 15 November 2013 Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates   United Arab Emirates 0–4 0 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

International goalsEdit

As of 5 October 2017
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 11 June 2015 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong   Bhutan 7–0 7–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
2 8 September 2015 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong   Qatar 2–3 2–3 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification
3 6 October 2016 Olympic Stadium, Cambodia   Cambodia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 5 October 2017 Mong Kok Stadium, Hong Kong   Laos 3–0 4–0 Friendly

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Henan Jianye

InternationalEdit

Hong Kong

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ (in Chinese) 高梵連中三元 飛馬大破港會開齋 Wen Wei Po. 11 September 2010
  3. ^ (in Chinese) 南華贏公民4強撼晨曦 Oriental Daily. 1 April 2011.
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