Kofi Gyawu

Kofi Gyawu
Kofi Gyawu
Kofi Gyawu
Real Name: Kofi Gyawu
HT: 6' 3" WT: 195
Age: 26 (08/22/1991)
Birthplace: Atlanta, Ga.

What Scouts Say: "Very raw player ... Very very powerful, very physical type of player ... Big with a strong upper body ... Sometimes can stand and watch and not astute enough to stay in the game ... Better running onto the ball and facing the goal with a bit of space ... Can open his legs and drive rather than being a hold-up player ... You don't know what you're getting from him ... Scored some goals but an enigma ... Decent speed for his size, it's good speed ... He has good skills ... He scores some great goals both with his feet and in the air ... Consistency is his big question mark ... On a good day he has everything an MLS coach would want ... Definitely a true center forwad ... One of the strongest players in college soccer. Built like Adonis ... Receiving balls with back to goal are his strength but has enough speed to get behind people ... Needs to be brought into a training camp and given a chance ... Against better players, he has the physical tools to be successful ... Played well for UAB but was inconsistent in the finishing and overall play ... Also a very good passer. He led UAB in assists ... Played in streaks ... Don't think he has technical skills in tight space ... He holds the ball halfway decent and his pace was OK, not tremenouds ... Big forward but a gentle giant. Doesn't impose himself ... Not sure about his movement. He gets chances because they are played directly to him."

University of Alabama-Birmingham

Junior Season (2011)

Battled through injuries, which limited him to playing in only 14 games with two starts ... finished fifth on the team with two goals and was seventh with five points (2g, 1a) ... found the back of the net against UIC (9/4) and Tulsa (11/4) ... lone assist came in the NCAA Tournament second round game against Charlotte (11/20) ... had 12 shots with seven coming on goal.

Sophomore Season (2010)

A third-team all-conference performer ... ranked second on the team and ninth in C-USA with six goals on the season ... also ranked second on the squad in points (13), shots (35) and shots on goal (17) ... his four game-winning goals on the year not only led the Blazers, but also ranked second in the league ... named to the UAB "Soccer For A Cure" Classic All-Tournament team ... helped lead team to the Classic's championship by scoring a pair of goals against North Florida (9/11) ... in addition to the game-winner against the Ospreys, he also recorded game-winning tallies against Lipscomb (9/19), Alabama A&M (9/26) and Kentucky (10/9) ... recorded a goal and an assist, to go along with a season-best four shots on goal, at South Carolina (10/2).

Freshman Season (2009)

Burst onto the scene during his first season with the Green and Gold, earning a spot on the Conference USA AllFreshman team ... despite making only one start in 18 appearances during the season, Gyawu finished the year tied for the team lead in total goals with seven and ranked second on the team with 16 points (7g, 2a) ... recorded the first UAB hat trick since 2003 when he scored three goals in a 7-1 win over FIU (10/10) ... had a career-best five shots on goal against the Golden Panthers ... earned his first career league offensive player of the week for his efforts against FIU ... finished eighth in C-USA in goals and was ninth in goals per game (0.39) ... also tied for team lead with a pair of game-winning goals this season ... scored both goals in a 2-1 win over Central Arkansas (9/18) ... also had a game-winning tally against Houston Baptist (9/27) in what was his lone start of the season ... led team in shot percentage (.259) and shots on goal percentage (.704) ... closed the year with 27 shots and 19 shots on goal.

High School

Played at Parkview High School under head coach Michael Tolmich ... listed as an All-American performer by NSCAA and was a third team AllAmerican by ESPNRISE.com ... a four-time, all-county first-team honoree ... also tabbed to the Gwinnett County Super Six in each of the last three seasons ... 2007 Gwinnett County Player of the Year ... leading scorer in Parkview school history with 69 goals throughout career ... a four-year starter on the varsity team ... was the MVP of the Georgia state all-star game ... captain of 2008 and 2009 teams.

Club: Atlanta Silverbacks U-23 side ... Played club soccer for Norcross Fury 91 under head coach Tony Annan ... led team to a pair of championships in 2008 (Score of the Shore and Region III Premier League) ... was second in scoring in Region Premier League in 2007 (12 goals in 11 games) and first in scoring in 2008 (8 goals in 8 games).


Born Kofi Agyeman Gyawu on Aug. 22, 1991 in Atlanta, Ga. ... favorite television show is Fresh Prince of Bel Air ... lists favorite food as his mother's African food, primarily a dish called jollof rice ... his biggest influence on his career has been his father, who always told him to work hard and stay positive ... the person he would most like to meet is Thierry Henry ... the reason he decided to come to UAB is because of the coaching staff and the campus.

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