Soccer News of Monday, 5 May 2003
Source: Yaw Ampofo-Ankrah for BBC Online
Ghana Black Stars and Ankaragucu striker Augustine Ahinful is desperate to become Turkey's goal king.
Currently second on 15 goals, leading Ghanaian top scorers in Europe, and four short of Bursaspor's Okan.
With just three games to go, the 27 year old forward is determined not to let up on his ambition.
Injury put paid to the same dream last season, as his absence from the last three league games enabled Turkey's world cup star lhan Mansiz pip him to the crown.
Football experts have been critical of the quality of the Turkish league but Ahinful is quick to counter claims that he is playing in a 'comfort zone.'
''Besides, it is not where you play that matters but how well you perform and whether you are happy or not.
"There is no such thing as a comfort zone."
A big move to Fenerbahce or Galatasaray has been reported in the Turkish media but Ahinful said he is more concerned with playing well for his current club and the Black Stars.
''I believe we have the players to turn Ghana's football fortunes around and will love to part of Burkhard Ziese's dream team for the 2006 World Cup finals,'' he said.
On his recent absence from the Black Stars, Ahinful put it down to 'communication problems,' which prevented him from honouring national call-ups.