Am humbled by the award- Nii Adjei
Posted on: Tue Jun 19, 2012
2011/12 Glo Premier league Best Player, Daniel Adjei says the prestigious award that makes him the Best Player on the local scene instead of making him feel "high" and swaggish, has rather humbled him and given him a stronger challenge to meet in his career.
He also says much as he has achieved that feat, he still has a lot to achieve with and for Kotoko as he seeks to follow his national team ambition.
Though he had high hopes of such success some weeks before the ceremony, his high hopes were dimmed a bit when the Sports Writers Association (SWAG), ) crowned Emmanuel Baffour as their Best Player, and Nii Explains why;
"That award by SWAG on Baffour really got me low down not because I was not sure of myself, but the fact that he was picked unchallenged for that award raised concerns and that got at me”.
“I thank God that despite the earlier threat, his will has finally been done on me. I am going to use this award as a stepping stone to humbly make claims to all the things that I believe I am due in Ghana football, so that I better put my services at the country’s disposal”.
Nii has seen many awards go by without he getting even a nomination, but this year seem to have changed a lot of things for him as he looks back with joy and reflection.
“I am one player that has been through the mill at Kotoko. I have been through the Youth side and graduated into the Senior team and so I have always been looking forward to an occasion such as this to explode into bigger awards”.
“Yes I knew such a day was coming because when I sit back to access my own performance, I feel contented that I did a yeoman’s job this season. It was therefore not a surprise that the nominations came and has been followed by the final declaration”, was his answer to the question whether he knew there would come a day as this.
The announcement of Nii Adjei for the awards was greeted with a loud cheer from the hall and this meant a lot to the player.
“The cheer in the room was so loud that I could only understand it in one thing, and that was the general acceptance of the people to my award. What that means is that, I have a responsibility to live up to the expectations of all those who voted for me”.
“The responsibility does not mean I am going to be pressured to do the things I would not be willing to do or do beyond what I can, to disadvantage me”.
Being one player whose exclusion from any of the national teams has caused a worries for many a time, his award could be the stepping stone into the team and this Nii says he would manage well in order not to be a disadvantage to him.
“I believe selectors of players into the national teams are very much aware of what they are about and so I will not like to make any statements that not inure to my benefit. I am ever ready to serve my country in the capacity I know best, and that is playing football”.
“My special thanks go to all my fans, family, parents, colleagues, coaches and all who one way or the other contributed to my success story. May God richly bless you”.
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