Asumah delighted with Portugal chance

Exclusive: The youngster believes his hard work has paid off with a call-up to Portugal's U19 squad ahead of the European championship

Ghanaian-born Asumah Abubakar-Ankrah has expressed joy at his call up to the Portugal national U19 team, ahead of next month’s Uefa U19 Championship in Germany.

Emilio Peixe's men have been pitted against the host nation, Italy and Austria in Group A.

Asumah, who was born in Ghana and played for Kumasi Corners Stones before joining Dutch Eredivise club Willem II Tilburg in March, was one of the first timers named in the squad.

"I was exceedingly elated to receive the call-up from the Portuguese national team coach but I wasn't surprised anyway because my hard work is paying off," Asumah told Goal.

"Although, it was my first time but I was overwhelmed by the equipment and managerial style over there and I'm looking forward to be part of the final team for the tournament in Germany next month. I know I've got the talent to help Portugal reach the heights we're aiming at," he added.

Asumah was tight-lipped when asked about the possibility of playing for Ghana in the future.

"I don't know what the future holds for me now but I have to deal with what the current has provided. I think it's a great opportunity to represent Portugal and I wish to grab it in a grand style to showcase the best I have and could become in the future to the world. I'm now working earnestly to take this opportunity to another level in my football career so that I can let people understand why my fans call me 'World Best'.

"As for Ghana, nobody knows. I have heard and read a lot of stories about me in the local media but I'm not ready to talk about it. I'm focused on Portugal for now," he insisted.