I have contemplated quitting football several times


“I have contemplated quitting football several times. There were periods that I almost gave up. Imagine walking from Ablekuma to Darkuman to train everyday. You don’t even have 1 cedi in your pocket to board a car.

At a point, I packed my things to stay in a mission house because it was closer to my club training base. The mission house became my home. When the church folks cook, I get some to eat.

That’s how I survived. When Liberty signed me, my salary was 200 cedis and I was very excited for the first time. In all these struggles, it is my mum who does everything to support me. She is the reason I haven’t quit. When I think about my giving up, she motivates me. She is the reason I want to make it and pay her back. I know I will make it to Europe and reward her”

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Accra Hearts of Oak midfielder Frederick Ansah Botchway speaking to me today on Instagram. @YAC Media