Soccer News of Monday, 30 September 2013
Source: Daily Graphic
After nearly seven years in football exile, goalkeeper George Owu says he is back to relaunch his career and compete for the national goalkeeper’s shirt.
Owu has signed for his mother club, Sekondi Hasaacas, this season and has so far remained the club’s number one goalkeeper in the Premier League.
The former Black Stars goalkeeper, who first joined Egyptian Premier League side, El-Masry, from Ashantigold in 2006, told Graphic Sports in an interview at Sekondi that he had been pondering over the decision to return to the local league since 2010, but was compelled to reject good offers from some of the big clubs in Ghana due to a bigger offer from by English Premiership side, Tottenham Hotspur.
He said his decision to join Hasaacas this season, even though there were a lot of offers from other clubs, was driven by a desire to give back what Hasaacas gave to him during the formative years of his career.
He said he was drawn to Hasaacas because of the prospects in the club, the great commitment of the young players and his determination to contribute his quota to a project that could make Hasaacas a strong force.
“It was Hasaacas that gave me my first taste of the premiership before I moved to Kumasi Asante Kotoko and then to Ashgold before I got the opportunity to play for the senior national team, the Black Stars,” Owu stated.
Owu said his source of motivation was in the age-long saying that “when there is life there is hope” and that he would never give up in his bid to bounce back into the national team.
Asked if he was still determined to don the national jersey, Owu said: “In life one has to take every step at a time”.
“I take a lot of inspiration from God, it was through the same inspiration and focus that resulted in my call-up to the national team and I hope that will happen again”, he added.
Owu was part of Ghana’s 2004 Olympic football team which exited after the first round of the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 when the Ghanaians finished third in group B of the soccer competition.
He was in the Black Stars during the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt 2006 as well as the FIFA World Cup in Germany, the same year as the second choice goalkeeper.