Mubarak Wakaso Profile
Wakaso Mubarak (born 25 July 1990), known mononymously as Wakaso, is a Ghanaian professional footballer who plays for FC Rubin Kazan in Russia, as a left winger.
Born in Tamale, Wakaso began his senior career in Ashanti Gold SC. In 2008 he moved abroad and signed with Elche CF in Spain on a five-year contract, but only joined the club nearly two months later however due to international duty.
In late January 2011, after several bouts of indiscipline and club internal codes violations, Wakaso was released by the Valencian Community club. Shortly after he joined another side in the region and Segunda División, Villarreal CF's B-team.
On 27 February 2011 Wakaso made his La Liga debut, replacing José Catalá in the last minutes of a 2–2 away draw against Racing de Santander. He only played six games in his first full season and the Yellow Submarine was also relegated, after twelve years in the top flight.
Wakaso signed for RCD Espanyol on 11 July 2012, penning a four-year contract. He started in 23 of his league appearances for the Catalans in his first and only season.
In the last days of the 2013 summer transfer window, Wakaso moved to the Russian Premier League with FC Rubin Kazan.
Wakaso represented Ghana at the 2005 FIFA U-17 World Championship in Peru, playing two matches in an eventual group stage exit (three draws). He made his full international debut on 13 October 2012, in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.
Wakaso scored his first goal for Ghana in a friendly with Cape Verde, on 14 November 2012. He was picked for the squad that appeared at the 2013 CAN in South Africa, notably netting the game's only goal in a group stage contest against Mali, through a penalty kick, then scoring both in the 2–0 quarterfinal win against Cape Verde.
He was named in the Black Stars provisional 30-man squad for the World Cup Brazil, 2014.
Wakaso's younger brother, Alhassan, is also a professional footballer and a midfielder. He spent most of his career in Portugal.
Wakaso is a Muslim, and conducts Salat before and after every match.