Looking for the next Michael Essien – Beach Football in Accra, Ghana
Wandering along the city beach in Accra, Ghana, I saw these guys setting up goals to play beach football. They were at it “hammer and tongs” – very competitive, full of passion and commitment. In other words, like young men the world over who get together to play the beautiful game of football.
Ghana is one of the strongest African footballing nations, and many young players hone their ball skills on the beach or on the street. There are also a number of talented Ghanaian footballers who have played in the Premier League, the top professional division of English football: players such as Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, Sulley Muntari, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Tony Yeboah, amongst others. Perhaps one of the guys in the beach match I was watching would one day be a star of the Premier League or the Ghana national football team.
Unfortunately, I forgot to ask for autographs, but I did ask if they would mind if I shot a few frames – this is one of them…