Harrison Afful is part of a rare breed of internationals to have made his debut at a major tournament rather than in qualifying competition or friendly scrimmages. The Ghanaian fullback debuted for the Black Stars at the 2008 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals after being the only uncapped player picked by Claude Le Roy in his tournament squad. Afful was chosen as back up on the basis of his performance in the Ghanaian Premier League with Feyenoord Tetteh Academy and at Asante Kotoko. Le Roy rewarded his dedication and stoic aptitude during the Nations Cup with a chance right at the end of the third-place match against Côte d'Ivoire in Kumasi, which Ghana dramatically won 4-2 to claim the bronze.
Under new coach Milovan Rajevac, he graduated into a regular starter for the Black Stars, appearing in the majority of matches in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers. But the 23-year-old lost his place at left back at the beginning of the 2010 CAF Africa Cup of Nations finals in Angola, where he again formed part of the squad but had just a brief substitute appearance in Ghana’s first game.
Afful battled for several years to get away from Ghana, going on trial at several European clubs and in South Africa before signing for Esperance of Tunisia. He is a product of the Feyenoord Academy in Ghana and was at their Dutch affiliate and at clubs in Belgium, Norway and Sweden on trial but without success. Afful spent a season on loan at Kotoko before moving to Tunisia at the start of this season, joining champion club Esperance. His 2010 will be a busy one with helping his club go deep into the CAF Champions League as well as the 2010 FIFA World Cup™.