From tears to joy: the story of three Kotoko players
Posted on: Sat Jun 02, 2012
David Kyei, Kumasi
Football has always been described as a game with fluctuating results and fortunes, as today, you may have a good result and so would be happy and celebrative, but the next day, you would be the loser and so would be sad.
That exactly is what three Kotoko players have experienced and are looking at the happening with an appreciative spirit to God Almighty for his mercies and grace on them.
The three, Amos Frimpong, Richard Yeboah and Yahaya Mohamed were important members of Team Kotoko who played a yeoman’s role to ensure that Kotoko won the league in grand style.
However, before their coming to Kotoko at the start of the just ended season, the three had a horrific experience as they saw their clubs relegated at the end of the 2010/11 season.
For Amos Frimpong, who was the captain of BA Stars in the said season, it was a horrible experience that would forever serve as a guide to his future activity, it was one memory he would love to forget in haste.
“I do not wish that experience for any body because it can even lead to your pre-mature death. It was so horrible that I felt that I had been put into an abyss and there was no hope to climb up. Despite all our efforts to get ourselves out, we found ourselves getting deeper and deeper and it was disheartening.
“The painful experience not withstanding, I always played my best and I thank God that my efforts were spotted by Kotoko and here I am today in a wild celebration to cancel the pain of the past.
“Just as getting relegated is disheartening, winning the league is an enjoyable feeling that you only have to experience it to know how it feels. I am so elated and happy that Kotoko has turned my tears into joy”.
It was also a horrific experience for Richard Yeboah and it took the Grace of God to see him through.
“When it became apparent that RTU would not be able to escape relegation, I felt as though the sky was falling on me and was completely shattered” he said.
“I went to church one day and my pastor called me to his office for discussion over my career and the way forward. He took me through the word of God and from that day on, I resolved that it was RTU that had been relegated and not Richard Yeboah. I therefore put on a positive attitude and in the process, news started filtering in connecting me to Kotoko.
“Though I had not had any formal contact with any Kotoko official, I prayed earnestly that the news should be true. Finally, the formal contact was made and I gladly joined Kotoko.
“I must say that my days at Kotoko have been full of blessing from day one and I just can’t express how deep my feeling of joy is now. I am grateful to Kotoko and my colleagues for making our determination end in a joyous success”.
On the way forward, Richard says he has his eyes set on making a big impact on the upcoming African Champions League.
“I am eagerly waiting for the kick off. We shall also work even harder to defend the league trophy next season”.
The same story goes for Yahaya Mohamed who is full of joy for the feat and adds that he was sure to overcome all the difficulties he had in the just ended season to make a better impact next season.
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