We look at five things you did not know about the Black Stars newbie
The Ghana Football Association has confirmed Gilbert Koomson's first Black Stars call-up for two assignments this month.
The Norway-based striker cum midfielder who plays for Sogndal is the only debutant in the 23-man squad. The 22-year-old has scored three goals in 24 league appearances this season.
And here are five things you did not know about the Ghanaian player
1. Started career with Ajax FC
Koomson began his career at hometown club Ajax FC in Accra and did well enough to be called for a trial by English Premier League side Stoke City, but the move did not materialise due to visa problems.
2. Played three years in Thailand
He instead moved to Thailand on the recommendation of then-BEC Tero technical director Peter Butler (ex-West Ham United player), who had coached Komsoon when he was a guest coach at the Manchester City academy in Accra. Koomson spent three years in Thailand, playing for BEC Tero Sasana between 2012 and 2015.
3. Koomson was once regarded as the best in Southeast Asia
Koomson was once viewed as one of Southeast Asia's top young prospects after scoring six goals in 12 appearances while on loan at Samutsongkram FC for the first leg of the Thai Premier League (TPL) in 2013, where he was a key player.
4. He plays as a supporting striker to Mahatma Otoo in Norway
He joined compatriot Mahatma Otoo's Norwegian side Sogndal IF from Thai Premier League side BEC Tero Sasana on permanent basis in February 2016. The duo has formed a formidable combo upfront for Sogndal, with Koomson scoring three goals in 24 league appearances this season. He scored his first goal for the Norwegian club in their 4-1 over Aalesund in May 2016.
5. Represented Ghana at the u.17 level
Koomson has appeared for Ghana at Under-17 level. He was part of the Black Starlets team that failed to qualify for the 2011 African U.17 Championships. Ghana were eliminated by Senegal on penalties in the premilinary rounds.