I never realize my full potential playing for Ghana, says U-20 World Cup winner Ransford Osei

Former Ghana star, Ransford Osei has said he never fulfiled his potential playing for the West African country.

The 30-year-old announced his retirement from football on Monday.

The former Ghana U-17 and U-20 striker was tipped for stardom in his formative years but never lived up to his potential.

At 17, Osei mounted the podium to collect his silver boot award after scoring five goals at the U-17 World Cup in South Korea. Ghana placed fourth in that tournament.

Two years later in Egypt, Osei scored four goals as Ghana clinched Africa’s first U-20 World Cup trophy.

But according to him, is football potential was not fulfilled playing for Ghana.

“That is how the world is because some of my colleagues are still playing, even some are older than me but they are still playing,” he said in an interview with Humble Ike on YouTube.

“When I reached some part in my career I was struggling and I didn’t know where the consequences was coming from. I was struggling to go where I wanted to go in my career.

“I realized I was declining starting from 2012 when I was playing for Spanish club, Granada. There are a lot of things in football and injuries became a worry to me,” he added.

Osei, after U-20 World Cup, was handed a Black Stars a call-up and was part of the team that won silver at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Angola, but could not secure a place in the squad for the World Cup in South Africa.

The striker was recognized by World Soccer Magazine as one of the 50 Most Exciting Teenagers on the planet in their November 2007 Issue.

Osei donned the colours of Kessben (now Medeama), Kotoko, Granada, Bloemfontein Celtic, FC Twente and more.

The former Ghana youth star last played active football three years ago for Lithuanian minnows FK Palanga.

Source: Modern Ghana



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