Goalkeeper Philemon McCarthy has been a regular fixture in Ghana’s squad over the years, but for all his calls up to the national team, he has just two caps to show for his efforts and dedication. As back-up first to Sammy Adjei and now Richard Kingson, he has spent years as part of the squad without making any real contribution on the field. His two appearances for Ghana have come across a five year span. A debut as a substitute against Saudi Arabia in a friendly win away in November 2005 was followed in October 2009 by 90 minutes with a home-based Ghana who traveled to Cordoba to play Diego Maradona’s Argentina.
The 26-year-old was in Ghana’s 23-man squad for the 2006 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals in Egypt, but he did not make the trip to Germany for the FIFA World Cup™ just months later, the debut for the Black Stars at the world’s biggest sporting event. He also did not get a call-up from coach Claude Le Roy for the 2008 tournament on home soil, but he was back at the start of this year for the finals, which were hosted by Angola. He did enough to impress Milovan Rajevac to reach the finals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup as a back-up at the ready. McCarthy is a product of the Feyenoord Fetteh Academy, where he spent three years, before moving to Ghana’s most famous club, Hearts of Oak, in 2008. Last season he played a major role in their success as they won the Ghanaian Premier League, finishing ahead of arch rivals Asante Kotoko. He was named as the league’s best goalkeeper last September, finishing ahead of Isaac Amoako of King Faisal and Stephen Ahorlu of Kpando Hearts of Lions in the polling.