As a son of a watch repairer, Rabiu Mohammed father was the goalkeeper of konongo Golddigers, a town team. His mother, a local food seller was left to fend for the Mohammed family after Rabiu lost his father.
He joined a local colts team, AA Missiles, and played football through his secondary school days at Konongo Odumase school. After school Rabiu was signed by one of the then productive Academies in Africa and Ghana, Liberty Professionals in 2007.
Rabiu Mohammed made his first mark after Liberty Goalkeeper was given a red card, and he kept the post and led the team to victory in 2007 after saving a penalty in the cup match against Hearts Of Oak.
He received his maiden call up to the senior team in 2008.The then 18year -old was an integral part of the Ghana U-20 side that conquered the world in Egypt 2009, after playing in the 2009 African youth qualifiers. He protected and dictated the teams play with excellent composure and intelligence on the ball.
Rabiu graced the pitch for Spanish clubs Gimnastic de Tarragona and Xerez before joining French outfit Avian TG.
After 3years absence, Rabiu made it to the 2013 AFCON in South Africa after his performance forced the Coach to bench experience duo, Derek Boateng and Anthony Annan. He was compared to France legend, Patrick Viera because of the steel and diligence in his play. Rabiu announced his present to the world and confirmed his stay in the Black Stars. Ghanaians were confident Rabiu Will Marshal the significant defensive midfield role to be vacated by the fading away Anthony Annan.
The ‘introvert’, Rabiu performed creditably well against the eventual champions, Germany in the 2:2 stalemate and the other two matches of the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup Finals amid a turbulent campaign.
After making huge strides in the World Cup finals, Rabiu Mohammed looked set to empower the Black Stars midfield for the next six to eight years, but he has been battling with injuries after his last impactful performance at the 2015 AFCON.
Rabiu missed two full season with anterior crucial ligaments after signing for Anzhi Makhachkala in 2016.The 28-year-old did not play a single game for Anzhi when he signed a three-and-half-year deal with them in August 2016 from Kuban Krasnodar, with injury problems forcing the contract to be cancelled and later re-signed for the Russian club: “It has not been easy not playing for two years,” he told KweséESPN. “It’s been a very difficult time for me but I am happy that Anzhi are prepared to give me a second chance. He made only 12 appearances for Anzhi.
After battling with several injuries, ‘Momo’ has made only two appearance after signing for Krylya Sovetov on a free transfer in February in his bid to rediscover his form.
One of Ghana’s midfield anchors’ career development has been truncated by injuries-during the most important peak of his career- to deprive Ghana from utilizing him to his fullest destined potential.
By: Abdul Razak Salim (Salim Kyeswin)
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