Player Profile - Augustine Ahinful
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Ankaragucu has seen many good Foreign players wear the famous Yellow and Blue Jersey, it can also be said we have seen many a bad Foreign player play for us to. The one player who stands out from the crowd is former Ghana International Augustine Ahinful who had two spells with the club.
Augustine started off his football career with Golfields Obuasi before moving to Europe with Borussia Dortmund spotting his talent at the 1993 Fifa World Youth Championship. Spells With Grasshopper Zurich, Deportivo Leiria, Venezia and Boavista followed before he signed for Ankaragucu in 2000. This is where Augustine found his home and became a Hero amongst the Ankaragucu Tribunes. He would go on to play 103 games scoring 44 goals, becoming the clubs leading Foreign Scorer of all time.
Augustine was part of the Front Trio of Hakan Keles and his International team mate Ohene Kennedy. In there first season they helped Ankaragucu to a 6th place finish. The second season was to be even better as another excellent season from all three players helped Ankaragucu to 4th and European qualification. Ankaragucu sold Ohene Kennedy to Adanaspor in the Summer though which broke up a wonderful partnership.
A Quick and Skillfull striker with a good eye for goal and hard working is something that would be welcomed at any team, and Augustine had no shortage of admirers with his performances with Ankaragucu. His first spell with the club came to an end after three seasons when he signed for Trabzonspor.
His time at Trabzonspor didnt turn out to be as successful, in just over one season he only scored 1 goal in the 27 appearances he made. He did however win a Turkish Cup Winners medal though. Augustine returned to Ankaragucu for his second spell which again didnt reach the heights of his first spell as so often the case in football. Aydin Bebbe and Jaba were the main Strikers and Augustine found himself on the bench often. In 2008 Augustine Ahinful announced his retirement from football.
Augustine also represented his country at International level with 19 caps but failed to score a goal for Ghana.
Its always difficult players moving to a different country,and different culture but Augustine was a big player for Ankaragucu and im sure the Round Ball in Ankara will be sharing there memories of him from his time in Ankara.