Goal puts the scouting radar on a 16-year-old left winger who is peerless in his local community and has high hopes of playing in one of the major leagues in the world
“I believe that as a player you have to be self confident,” a visibly ambitious Raphael Ampomah told Goal as he looks forward to play at the top level.
Ampomah is only 16 years and is already attracting offers from Sweden and Turkey. He is a winger with a lot of power in his left foot, but very versatile due to his ability to play out of position with brilliance.
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“I am a utility player who can play any role under instruction. My mentality on the pitch is knitted in team work. I am always focused and never want to lose the ball and anytime I lose it I have to fight back for it,” Ampomah stated.
The skilful player, who was a delight to watch at Nungua – where he lives - when Goal caught up with him, has featured for Christian Stars FC, Ambassadors FC, Verve FC and King Solomon FC all in Ghana.
After standing out in a friendly, he spoke about his secret. “I take my training seriously. I go an extra mile to suit every position because I want to be an all-rounder. If you have all these qualities there is nowhere you can’t play. I am a very talented player and strong as well and think that with my discipline culture I will always be unique.”
Ampomah is strong on the field and has an eye for accurate passes, shot at goal and good acumen for man-marking. As in the case of most Ghanaian males, his interest in football developed from birth and has been an ardent follower of Arjen Robben.
“I believe that football is part of me since my childhood. I also have the passion for the game itself, especially when I see the stars playing on television it motivates me to work hard as a player. I believe I can make it there too with determination and hard work. Nothing comes easy in life. I have to work for it,” Ampomah admitted.
I am always focused and never want to lose the ball and anytime I lose it I have to fight back for it
A very religious Ampomah is “motivated by the Word of God” and people around him, especially “when I see young guys like me playing in the top leagues in Europe.”
A very grateful Ampomah could not help but shower praises on all those who have added to his story from his parents “who from childhood encouraged me” and his manager Ernest Asiedu Caesar.
“I want to assure my fans that within the next 5-10 years I will be at the top level playing for a big club in Europe. And try as much as possible to earn a call-up in the Black Stars. I want to play good football for a long time so I am not going to rush my growth,” Ampomah observed.