Abdul Majeed Waris

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  • Still at the very early stages of his international career for Ghana, Abdul Majeed Waris has already made a significant impact for the African side. While experience may not favour him, his goalscoring record at both club and international level make him a very dangerous player for Ghana's World Cup 2014 attack, plus a major individual goalscorer market tip for punters.

    Born in Tamale, Waris started his career at the Ghanaian Right to Dream Academy at 12 years of age, before moving to England where he would play for the reserve side at Forest Green Rovers.

    Waris signed a four-year contract with Swedish Allsvenskan side BK Häcken in October 2009, scoring 26 league goals during 55 appearances between 2010 and 2012. Waris also became the first player in Allsvenskan to score five goals in one match from the 21st century during a 6-0 victory at home against IFK Norrköping in May 2012.

    His performances attracted the attention of Bundesliga clubs and Premier League side Arsenal, but instead Waris opted to move to Spartak Moscow for an undisclosed transfer fee to the Russian club in November 2012.

    After just one goal in 11 league appearances, Waris was loaned to Ligue 1 club Valenciennes on a one-year deal. Despite being reduced to tears when the club were relegated to Ligue 2, Waris made his mark prolifically by scoring nine goals in just 16 showings with the French side.

    The impact of Waris showed during four World Cup 2014 qualifying appearances for Ghana with three goals, scoring in matches against Sudan, Zambia and Egypt. Those remain the only goals from nine senior international appearances made by Waris, who was first called up to the squad against Chile in February 2012.

    Abdul Majeed Waris World Cup betting tips

    The 22-year-old has already made a significant impact in only nine showings for Ghana, and should thrive on his strike partnership with team-mate Asamoah Gyan. The difference in experience between the pair however mean that Waris enters the World Cup as the more tempting selection for punters thanks to his longer individual goalscorer odds.

    Back Waris to be Ghana's top scorer at 10/1 with Bet365.

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