Call him Dominic Adiyiah, call him Kwaku Soldier, he remains in the history of the world as the Golden Boy, the Most Valuable Player (MVP) in the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Egypt, one who graced the tournament with something special.
I remember been a class ahead of him and his captain at Maase R/C Primary ‘A’ in Offinso South in Ashanti region of Ghana, when his brilliance was clear for every lover of football to witness.
I hanged my boots for books when I proceeded from primary six to Offinso State ‘A’ Junior High School.
I became confused when once upon a time, the sports master for State ‘A’, Nana Boakye (Mr. Boakye), after monitoring me play during break, called and asked, “But you are a very good player. Why are you not part of the school team?” “I want to concentrate on my books, Sir,” I replied. He was quiet because I was the best pupil in class.
I was hosting a radio morning show in Accra in 2017 when Kwaku Soldier’s name came up in a news review. My guests mockingly asked, “But have you thrown your legs before?” I laughed with nostalgia and gave them the incontrovertible evidence for their hi five for me.
Adiyiah was probably the best player in 2009, usurping anything call good player he took the tournament as a training session.
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