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Sports News of Saturday, 2 July 2022

Source: footballghana.com

I nearly gave up on playing for Ghana - Denis Odoi

Black Stars defender Denis Odoi Black Stars defender Denis Odoi

Black Stars defender Denis Odoi has revealed that he wasn't thinking about getting a call-up to play for Ghana because of his age.

However, because of his strong work ethic, he got the call to wear the iconic Black Stars jersey.

Odoi made his debut for Ghana’s Black Stars in March 2022, at the age of 33 he helped the West African country granted the only ticket to the 2022 FIFA World Cup which will be held in Qatar.

“I didn’t expect to be here. The process took a very long time for me to get everything sorted. I think you talk about three to four years," he said.

“After the last Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), I didn’t get called up, so I thought it was over. I said, maybe I’m too old. Maybe they don’t want me. But then it turned out that not all my papers were done,”

Odoi later got a call from the coach that his papers were nearly completed and he said “And I was like, okay, if it’s done, then I’ll come.”

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