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Haminu Draman (born 1 April 1986)[citation needed] is a Ghanaian footballer.

Haminu Draman
Haminu Draman playing for Kuban
Personal information
Full name Haminu Draman
Date of birth (1986-04-01) 1 April 1986 (age 33)
Place of birth Techiman, Ghana
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Heart of Lions 3 (0)
2005–2006 Red Star Belgrade 4 (1)
2006–2007 Gençlerbirliği 31 (2)
2007–2011 Lokomotiv Moscow 8 (0)
2009Kuban (loan) 27 (3)
2011–2013 Arles-Avignon 30 (2)
2013–2014 Gil Vicente 3 (0)
2014 Asante Kotoko
2015 Charlotte Independence 2 (0)
2016 Infonet 23 (3)
National team
2005–2010 Ghana 43 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 13 June 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13 June 2017




He signed a four-year contract with the Russian Cup winners Lokomotiv Moscow on 19 June 2007, for a transfer fee of €3 million.[1] Draman joined Lokomotiv when the Russian transfer window opened on 1 August 2007. Having started his career in Ghana with Heart of Lions FC, Draman joined Serbian club Red Star Belgrade for the 2005–06 season having won the championship and the cup with Red Star. It followed his move to Turkey, where he made 31 league appearances for Gençlerbirliği as they finished sixth in the Turkish Süper Lig last season. He is expected to replace Russian international Marat Izmailov, who is on loan to Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon for a year.

Meanwhile, the decision to transfer Draman has left cracks within the Turkish side with coach Ersun Yanal quitting after just over a week in charge.[2] Yanal, who had previously been coach of Genclerbirligi before leaving to become the Turkish national team coach, signed a three-year contract with the club on 1 June 2007. The 46-year-old coach resigned after disagreeing with the club's decision to sell the Ghanaian midfielder. "The chairman's promises seem to have changed from the way they were before the agreement we made" Yanal said. "We would like to be a strong team but we sold Draman. The club want to try some players on trial in the meantime but this is not the way that I work.[3] Gençlerbirliği Chairman Cavcav, who has been in charge of the club for 30 years, responded by saying: "We met with the coach before and then I told him that I have to sell Draman to Locomotiv Moskva because all of the negotiations were over and I promised to sell him.[4]

It was reported that English Premiership side Stoke City were interested in signing Draman because of his speed and skills in the January 2008 transfer window, and that a fee of €3 million had been agreed.[5]

On 18 February 2009. FC Kuban Krasnodar have signed the Ghanaian midfielder on loan from Lokomotiv Moscow.[6]

On 11 July 2011, Draman signed a one-year contract with French Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon.[7]

In July 2013, Draman signed a two-year contract for Portuguese club Gil Vicente F.C. on a free transfer.[8] This was after he had left Arles Avignon due to unpaid salary.[8]

Draman left Gil Vicente during the winter-break, and by early 2014, he was back in Ghana, after almost a decade, by signing with Asante Kotoko S.C. His return turned out to be a great success as he won the double, the 2013–14 Ghanaian Premier League and the 2014 Ghanaian FA Cup during his half-year spell with Asante Kotoko back in Ghana.[9]

He signed for FC Infonet in January 2016.[10] With 3 goals in 23 appearances he helped them win their first ever national title, the 2016 Meistriliiga.[9]


Draman was 19 when he had his debut International for Ghana in a friendly against Saudi Arabia in Riyadh on 14 November 2005. He is a member of the national team, and was called up to the 2006 World Cup. He scored his first goal of the tournament against the U.S. on 22 June 2006.

He took a starring role in Ghana's International friendly against former World Champions Brazil on 27 March 2007 where the Ghanaians lost 1–0, terrorising the Samba Boys right back Ilsinho, before being dismissed late in the game for a second bookable offence on Ilsinho's replacement Daniel Alves.

Note on nameEdit

There was some confusion during the 2006 FIFA World Cup as Draman's surname was misspelled DRAMANI on the back of his shirt and, as a result, on FIFA documents. The Ghanaian FA confirm his name is Draman. He has also confirmed this himself in an interview to Sport Express, a Russian newspaper.[11]

Career statsEdit


Ghana national team
Year Apps Goals
2005 1 0
2006 12 2
2007 4 0
2008 14 1
2009 7 1
2010 5 0
Total 43 4

Statistics accurate as of match played 11 August 2010[12]

International goalsEdit

Scores and results list Ghana's goal tally first.[12]
International goals by date, venue, cap, opponent, score, result and competition
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref
1 22 June 2006 Frankenstadion, Nuremberg, Germany   United States
2006 FIFA World Cup Group E [13]
2 4 October 2006 Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, Japan   Japan
Friendly [14]
3 9 February 2008 Baba Yara Stadium, Kumasi, Ghana   Ivory Coast
Friendly [15]
3 12 August 2009 Brisbane Road, London, England   Zambia
Friendly [16]



  1. ^ "Draman's the man for Lokomotiv". UEFA. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  2. ^ "Gençlerbirliği hit by Yanal U-turn". UEFA. 9 June 2007. Retrieved 9 June 2007.
  3. ^ "Dramani moves to Russia". BBC. 19 June 2007. Retrieved 19 June 2007.
  4. ^ "Coach departure induces fan protest at Gençlerbirliği". Turkish Daily News. 11 June 2007. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 11 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Ghana's Draman Set For England". MTN Football. 18 November 2008. Archived from the original on 19 November 2008. Retrieved 18 November 2008.
  6. ^ Draman to Kuban Archived 19 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "Ghana midfielder Haminu Dramani joins French side Arles Avignon". 12 July 2011. Retrieved 12 July 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Ghana winger Haminu Dramani signs two-deal with Gil Vicente on a free transfer". Retrieved 1 August 2013.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Haminu Draman at
  10. ^ [1]
  12. ^ a b "Haminu Draman". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  13. ^ "Ghana 2-1 USA". FIFA. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  14. ^ "Japan 0-1 Ghana". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  15. ^ "Ghana 4-2 Ivory Coast". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Ghana 4-1 Zambia". National Football Teams. Retrieved 7 July 2016.

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