Emmanuel Gyasi’s Ghanaian bond was completed earlier this year when Black Stars coach CK Akonnor added him to his squad for the final two 2021 Nations Cup qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
“There had been some speculations about me, but I had never spoken to anyone from the Ghana Football Association (GFA) before (the call-up),” he explained.
“Then I was finally called up! Ghana is an important football country in Africa, with thousands of good players. I am very proud of myself,”
Ghana is a four-time African champion but has not won the title since 1982. Instead, they have lost three finals and reached the semi-finals five times since then.
Having realized a personal ambition Gyasi’s next ambition is shared by every Ghanaian football fan.
“Ghana are a strong National team, a good mix of interesting young prospects and more experienced players. The manager and his staff are very prepared too,” he explained.
“Ghana have played several World Cups and Africa Cups of Nations: our dream and that of our fans is to win the trophy,”
“We know it won’t be easy and we will have to think game by game, but we’ll go there to make our dreams come true. We have to believe in ourselves,”
“I met Alfred Duncan and Kwadwo Asamoah (the only other Ghana internationals in Serie A) when we played against Cagliari we had a nice chat after the final whistle and they gave me some advice, I want to thank them for this,” he concluded.
A hardcore football fan, Kofi Blay is also a data analyst and a Master chef.