Former Black Stars striker Anthony Yeboah has revealed that he was reluctant to continue his playing career abroad because he felt comfortable in Ghana.
Yeboah recounts how he enjoyed a great time playing in the Ghana Premier League. According to him, he was constantly showered with gifts and money from fans.
Yeboah had burst on the scene in the late 80s and overcome initial rejection by Asante Kotoko to become a star at Okwahu United.
He scored for fun in two years at Okwahu United before the chance to go to Germany came.
“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.”
There were trials and rejection at Dortmund, Kaiserslautern and other top Germany clubs as Tony looked to break into the top flight there. In addition, he had other problems to deal with.
“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.”
But he finally settled at Saarbrucken where he scored 26 goals in 65 games.
His exploits at Saarbrucken earned him a move to Eintracht Frankfurt. Yeboah netted 68 goals in 123 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit.
He was twice Bundesliga top scorer at Frankfurt before moving to Leeds United in England.
source: Ghana Soccer Net