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Ghana POTY Latif Blessing joins Sporting KC
Ghana’s Latif Blessing has joined Major League Soccer’s side Sporting Kansas City on a two-year deal, the club’s official website announced on Monday.
Sporting Kansas City have finalised the deal to make Latif Blessing the tenth signing of the season, becoming the club’s third African player after deals for Kenya’s Lawrence Olum and Guinea-Bissau’s Gerso Fernandes.
The youngster contract with Sporting KC ends in 2019 and contains a club extension optional year at the end of the contract.
“We have scouted Latif and been very impressed with what we’ve seen from him,” Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes said.
“The great thing we love about him is that he is young, but with a lot of upside as evidence by his goal scoring record with his previous club. With every player you acquire, you always feel they have potential, but we also think he has a great attitude, and we think he has the ability to reach his potential with our club,” he concluded.
The 20-year-old was named the 2016 Ghana Premier League player of the year after scoring 17 league goals in his first season on the senior team.
Blessing was also a finalist for the 2016 Ghanaian FA Cup most valuable player award after he helped Liberty Professionals reaching the semifinals.
He was called-up for the first time by Ghana manager Avram Grant in December 2016 and was included in the Black Stars’ 30-man provisional squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, but failed to make the final squad.