Welcome to CPL50, a series where we’ll reveal the top 50 players from the 2021 Canadian Premier League regular season, as voted on by a panel of coaches from all eight teams and media from OneSoccer and CanPL.ca. For more information on the voting process and method, click here.
Valour FC's next entry in CPL50 is Raphael Ohin -- known by many in Winnipeg as The Rhino. The Ghana-born midfielder was an absolute workhorse for Valour this year, playing all but two games in 2021. He provided a goal and two assists for the club, but his real value was in his tireless running across the park in every game. Ohin played a variety of positions this year -- indeed, he covers so much ground in a game that it's hard to label him in any one position -- working hard to win balls and drive forward on the dribble to fuel Valour's direct attacking style. Ohin finished second in the league in ball recoveries (211) and seventh in successful duels (149), demonstrating his clear ability to win the ball in midfield -- an ability drawn from his sheer determination and intensity of effort to close down space and put opponents under pressure. Ohin's professional career has been spent entirely at Valour, for whom he signed in early 2019. He's the club's all-time appearances leader so far with 57 in total, having been a stalwart member of the squad since day one. Prior to signing for the club, he spent several years playing for PDL side WSA Winnipeg hoping to catch the attention of a professional outfit after many years spent travelling the world for trials.
The rest of the CPL50 countdown is available here. Five more players will be revealed per day until December 22.