After hanging his boots many years ago, former Ghanaian international, Emmanuel Asare, has said the late Emmanuel Kwasi Afranie was the coach who almost destroyed his football career.
“If a coach hates you meaning he destroying your ambition to become a great player in future. It happened to me under coach Kwasi Afranie at Okwawu United. Nothing from me made the late coach Afranie happy when working with him. Always barking at me at training and during competitions”.
“It took coaches like J. E. Sarpong, Oti Akenteng as well as my Football God father Agyeman Duah a.k.a “Rambo” at that time to revive my career in Okwawu United club . They were like a Father to me. Always strengthen me with words of encouragement on and off the field. Also, I have to motivate myself to reach the pinnacles of my professional career in the game.
Speaking to General Manucho of Gbc Sunrise Fm in an exclusive interview in Koforidua, Asare revealed that his baptism of fire started when Coach J. E. Sarpong, Oti Akenteng and Rambo his senior player at the time encourage him to ignore the negative aspect that will lead him to his football career being affected.
“The late coach Afranie always wanted to discourage me from my goals. It was my teammate Duah’s attitude that motivated me to go the extra mile when training to win the confidence else ,I would have gone back to my village to farm.”he narrated.
According to him, “playing under Coach Afranie was a hell but thank God it took Duah to turn him into a disciplined, dedicated and committed player. I always have to excel at training and in competitions”.
Emmanuel Asare who is now the President of Asarit Academy Football Club is yearning to transform players in remote areas through football development with the view of imparting his expertise to the youth.