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Soccer News of Saturday, 17 October 2015


Belgium rising star thinking of Ghana

Terry Osei-Bekoe (left) Terry Osei-Bekoe (left)

There aren’t many Fifa international tournaments without a Ghanaian representation in one form or the other - even when Ghana as a nation is not on the roster.

The 2015 Fifa Under-17 World Cup which kicks off on Saturday in Chile wouldn’t be an exception.

Terry Osei-Bekoe is in line to take to the pitch when Belgium face Mali in their opening match.

Born to Ghanaian parents in the European nation, the attacker has lived almost all his life in Belgium.

He’s Belgian by birth, but in his heart, he holds tightly a bundle of love that traces to the West African country.

“Even though I was born in Belgium, I never forget where my heart belongs,” Bekoe exclusively told Goal.

“I understand Twi, but speaking is a little difficult, but it’s getting better and better. I have been to Ghana but as a little kid. It’s been long time and I can’t remember it anymore. I hope to go there soon to see the rest of my family.

“My parents were born in Ghana but moved to Belgium because my father was called up by a professional club. I think he played for a professional club Cercle [Brugges] for about five years, but went a little lower after that.”

Aside his African origin, Bekoe is a Belgian to the core. He speaks perfectly the Belgian dialect, and there’s certainly no reason to ask why. However, on first meeting, one thing strikes about him – his command of English, both in speech and writing. He says it very much reiterates his attachment to his Ghanaian heritage.

“When I was little, I had to learn it, and also because it’s part of my blood.

“I follow Ghana football all the time, whenever the national team is playing, in the World Cups as well as the Africa Cup of Nations. They have shown a very good impression to the world.

“I have been selected to the national team of Belgium a couple of times – not so many – but now I thank the Lord that I’ve been selected for the U17 World Cup.”

Is Bekoe likely to play for Ghana someday?

“It would be an honour to play for Ghana, but we will see what the future tells. With me, everything is possible.”