Christian Annan

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Christian Annan
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Personal information
Full nameChristian Kwesi Annan
Date of birth (1978-05-03) 3 May 1978 (age 42)
Place of birth Accra, Ghana
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Position(s) Striker
Left-Winger
Club information
Current team
Yuen Long
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2005–2006 Eastern 11 (14)
2006–2013 Tai Po 124 (42)
2013–2019 Kitchee 36 (8)
2016–2017Pegasus (loan) 19 (2)
2018–2019Hoi King (loan) 16 (5)
2019–2020 Rangers 9 (0)
2020– Yuen Long 0 (0)
National team
2014 Hong Kong U-23 3 (1)
2014–2016 Hong Kong 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of 7 November 2020
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 1 September 2016

Christian Kwesi Annan (Chinese :安基斯; born 3 May 1978) is a former Ghanaian-born Hong Kong professional football player and current player for Hong Kong First Division club Yuen Long.

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He is renowned in Hong Kong for his high pace and dribbling skill.

Club career

Eastern

Annan trying to go past Fung Ka Ki of Mutual in a league game Annan FungKaKi.jpg
Annan trying to go past Fung Ka Ki of Mutual in a league game

Christian Annan arrived in Hong Kong to continue his football career in 2005. Unfortunately, he arrived at a time when most clubs in the First Division had already finished their foreign player signings, and so he joined Eastern, a Second Division club instead.

With 14 goals in 11 matches, including a hat trick against Tai Po, Annan successfully gained the attention of his then opponent. When Tai Po had successfully obtained their promotion status after the 2005–06 season, they signed Annan immediately.

Tai Po

Although he did not have the same impact in front of goal when compared to his time in the Second Division, Annan bagged 6 goals in 21 matches and became Tai Po's top scorer (along with defender Joel), helping the team to successfully avoid relegation. His performances were also thrown into the limelight with his selection into the Hong Kong League XI for the Lunar New Year Cup 2007. With only a brief appearance in the first match against Jamaica, Annan started the next match against Australia U-23, was fouled in the box, gaining a penalty for his team which ultimately tied the match (penalty scored by Keith Gumbs) in injury time.

His contribution on Tai Po has been further rewarded: he was selected into the 2006–07 Squad of the Year in the Hong Kong Footballer Awards.

In season 2007–2008, Annan kept performing and being selected into the first squad of Hong Kong League XI for the Lunar New Year Cup 2008. He only dropped out of the final selection due to the overload of attacking players. He scored 7 goals in the season, being named the second top league scorer of the team along with striking partner Betine, behind Dega.

In the 2011–12 season, on 18 September 2011, Annan appeared as a second-half substitute and scored twice against Kitchee, but Tai Po still lost the game, 4–2.

Kitchee

On 9 June 2013, Annan joined Kitchee on a free transfer along with his former Tai Po strike partner Alex. On 3 September 2013, Annan made his debut for Kitchee in a 6–2 victory against Sun Hei. On 19 October 2013, Annan scored his first goal for Kitchee by netting the winner in a 1–0 victory against Yokohama FC Hong Kong.

On 12 July 2017, Annan was recalled from loan after he spent the 2016–17 season at Pegasus. [1]

Hong Kong League XI

On 18 July 2010, Annan was selected into Hong Kong League Selection against Birmingham City in the Hong Kong Stadium. He scored a goal in the match and was the MVP of the match. After the match, it was rumoured that the manager of Birmingham City Alex McLeish was interested in signing Annan. [2]

Hoi King

On 20 August 2018, Annan was sent on loan to fellow HKPL side Hoi King. [3]

Rangers

On 28 August 2019, Annan joined Rangers. [4] He played 17 matches for Rangers during the 2019–20 season including league and cup games, before the HKPL was suspended from mid of March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

International career

On 12 February 2014, after residing in Hong Kong for more than 7 years, Annan was granted the HKSAR passport, making him eligible for the Hong Kong national football team.

On 6 September 2014, Annan made his international debut for Hong Kong in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Vietnam.

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

Honours

Club

Tai Po
Kitchee

Individual

Career statistics

Club

As of 12 July 2017
Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
SeasonClubLeagueAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Hong KongLeague FA Cup & Shield LC & Play-offs Asia Total
2005–06 Eastern Second Division 81430--1114
2006–07 Tai Po First Division 1552041-216
2007–08 1874040-267
2008–09 2394221-2912
2009–10 18341-61285
2010–11 1846410-258
2011–12 1575410-2111
2012–13 17711710-2914
2013–14 Kitchee First Division 186500000236
2014–15 Premier League 91412170223
2015–16 Premier League 50004290180
2016–17 Pegasus Premier League 19230--222
2017–18 Kitchee Premier League 0000000000
TotalEastern8143000001114
Tai Po1244236181326117963
Kitchee32791631606311
Pegasus19230--222
Career total18365511919522127590

International

As of 5 March 2014
#DateVenueOpponentResultScoredCompetition
15 March 2014 My Dinh National Stadium, Từ Liêm District, Hanoi, VietnamFlag of Vietnam.svg  Vietnam 1–30 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification

International goals

Scores and results list Hong Kong's goal tally first. [5]
NoDateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
1.11 June 2015 Mong Kok Stadium, Mong Kok, Hong Kong Flag of Bhutan.svg  Bhutan 2–07–0 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification

Personal life

Annan's wife, Irene, is a Hong Konger. The couple have a daughter named Precious [6] [7] [8]

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