Ghana Under-20 star Frank Acheampong has revealed he almost put the breaks on his dream of becoming a footballer due to fiscal difficulties.
The former Buriram United player told the Independent he went through tough times hoping to become a professional footballer instead of a teacher.
However, after selling sachets of chilled water on the streets he was able to purchase his first football boot at age 12.
“The first day I bought the boot, I wore it to school, a distance of a mile. I also took it to church,” Acheampong said.
“As a training college teacher, I went through huge challenges during my formative years as a footballer with no help from anyone. I almost quit football to concentrate on my education because I had no help,” the Anderlecht player recalled.
He left the Thai League to Belgium as the highest signing ever for an amount of one million Euros.
Acheampong shot to fame at the world Under-20 championship in Turkey with his impressive run in the dying embers of the game against Chile in the quarter-finals which connected Ebenezer Assifuah for a last-gasp goal.
The Black Satellites won bronze at the tournament.