Former Ghanaian international, Maxwell Konadu is in the camp of King Faisal, ready to re-launch his career as a marksman for the rejuvenated Kumasi side. The former Rastafarian striker whose presence in Kotoko and the Black Meteors' line ups in recent years distilled opposition confidence started training with his colleagues yesterday and will likely be part of a special training exercise to be imposed by coach Ralf Zumdick this afternoon.
Maxwell, the gangling striker was part of the King Faisal preseason preparation in Accra where South African physical trainer Jacque Naude took the team through stamina and strength building exercises. He no longer spots his conspicuous Rasta. In its place he carries a not particularly low hairstyle. This afternoon's exercise at the Kumasi stadium will see King Faisal play trial games between its two running senior teams, as well as regulars against non regulars and the another involving the junior team.
On the phone last night, Ralf Zumdick seemed impressed with the imposing stature of Konadu and said he needs to see him in real action so he can make a decision on the player as soon as possible. There are several other strikers who knocking hard at the doors of the 'Nokia Boys' and Ralf says his intention is to give each one a chance to prove his worth and so would try all of them. "We need a very good team, you know"' he confided in the Soccer Express.
Maxwell Konadu is fondly remembered in Ghanaian football circles for the deadly partnership he forged with Kwame Ayew, the younger brother of the Soccer Maestro, Abedi Pele in the Black Meteors set up where the two banged in the goals at will. His inclusion in the Faisal set is expected to add a lot of experience to the Faisal attacking options in the days ahead.
Largely inactive during the last season, Maxwell last played in the Turkish League and may have some more strenuous exercises to run to catch up on the competitive staying power of his colleagues in camp.