Dreams FC – Ghana’s hub of exceptional football talent

Goal engages the CEO of the lower division side Kurt Okraku who reveals how the Madina-based club scout players and develop them for Ghana’s national football teams

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By Edmund Okai Gyimah

It is obviously a dream come true.

That’s the picture that strikes the mind when one visits the plush offices of one of Ghana’s Second Division sides Dreams FC and listens to their story.
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Huge photographs of their notable players welcome you. The walls have been adorned with awards. There is a big-framed picture of Black Stars and Under-20 left-back Baba Abdul Rahman leaving an opponent for dead, John Antwi of Egyptian giants Ismaily celebrating a goal and a whole lot of others showing how far the club has come.

“Everything is going on well for Dreams FC. There have been enormous support from Greuther Furth president Mr. [Helmut] Hack. We have just received 28 boxes of sports equipment from them,” the CEO of Dreams FC, Kurt Okraku, revealed as he sat with Goal Ghana.

Dreams FC are helping a lot of young ones realise their dreams. Despite the financial and logistical challenges bedeviling a lot of these third and second-tier sides in Ghana, the club have continued to be a model not only at Ashalley Botwe - a very noisy suburb of Madina – but the country as a whole.

The club which is the pride of the people of Madina and its environs can boast of facilities and structures many premiership clubs in Ghana will envy.

“Primarily, Dreams FC offers hope and career opportunities to kids who will not normally be noticed in the woods of Ghana. Our hard working scouts who work across the length and breadth of Ghana and West Africa at large unearth talents and they are housed, fed, and given football tuition to help in their development,” the one-time board member of Accra Hearts of Oak stated.

Having produced players such as the naturally gifted Baba Abdul Rahman, Ismaily duo of John Antwi and Abdul Bashiru, Yaw Acheampong and Sadiq Alhassan of Kotoko, Titus Glover of Amidaus, Fred Acheampong of Inter Allies and a whole lots of other fantastic talents in the Ghana Premier league, Okraku opined that Ghana is yet to see their best players.

“The success of these players has put us in a good position to scout for more talents and nurture so that we can spread them into the international market in the not too distant future

“Currently, four of our boys are involved in the Black Starlets screening whilst our skipper Charles Osei-Lucio is also with the Under-20. We are very positive that some of them will be picked,” a very optimistic Okraku, who also owns Proton Sports, stressed.

Domestically, Dreams FC which was formed in 2009 has been doing well and now sits on top of the Greater Accra Second Division Zone Four with 32 points as qualification to the First Division looms.

“Our head coach Wellington, who was once the assistant of Didi Dramani at Kotoko and his whole team have done well,” he pointed out. “We have won the league twice in 2009 and last year and we have also been runners up twice. Aside that each season we produce four top special talents.”