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Sports News of Sunday, 31 May 2020

Source: footballghana.com

Tony Yeboah explains why he didn't want to leave Okwahu United for Germany


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Ex-Leeds United striker Tony Yeboah has explained why he didn't want to leave Okwahu United for Germany during his playing career.

Yeboah, who was rejected by Asante Kotoko become a household name at Okwahu United in the late 80s.

The 53-year-old scored for fun during his stint at Okwahu United before eventually moving to Germany.

"I didn’t exactly want to leave because I was enjoying Ghana. Those times after a game for Okawhu United I would walk through Kantamanto and get money from people so I was very proud of myself at the club and didn’t want to go to Germany but Abrah Appiah thought it was a very big opportunity for me," he told GTV Sports Plus.

He had trials at Dortmund, Kaiserslautern, and other top Germany clubs but he was rejected as he looks to break into their top-flight after a successful stint in Ghana.

"It was very, very difficult to be honest. Everything was very, very difficult for me. The diet, language, weather especially because it was in winter. I found it very, very difficult."

He joined Saarbrucken in 1988 where he made 65 appearances and scored an incredible 26 goals the German lower division side.

"My club was involved in a play-off with Frankfurt and I played very, very well. They took us out on goal difference and afterwards Frankfurt decided I was good enough to play for them," he continued.

"In that game against Frankfurt while I was at Saarbrucken I was racially taunted by the Frankfurt fans a lot. When I joined, that turned into they chanting my name Y-E-B-O-A-H a lot. It was very interesting and I had a great relationship with the fans afterwards."

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