Teenage sensation Sampson Boampong Wirekoh who plays under an alias ‘Dormaa Messi’ believes the Black Satellites of Ghana have what it takes to eliminate their Ethiopian counterparts and advance to the next phase of the qualifiers ahead of the African championship to be held in Zambia next year. It will be recalled that the Ghanaians lost the first leg by 1-2 in Adis Ababa fortnight ago but Sampson believes this is beyond the ability of his colleagues to overturn the results and progress to the next round.
“It’s true we (Ghana) lost but we played well,” recalled the talented Aduana Stars player, but then we made some mistakes and lost our focus. The weather played a huge role too. I think the Ethiopians played well in that game. Everybody ran, got stuck in and fought hard. All we were lacking was a little bit of luck.” He told ghanafans.com
“They are strong, tough and quick,” said Sampson of the Ethiopians. “We have to use our heads and try to keep the ball. The Ethiopians wouldn’t like when the Satellites dictate the pace as evidenced in the first leg. They prefer to play a physical game, so the key for us will be to stay patient, defend with the ball at our feet and not to be sucked into the kind of game they want to play.” “I strongly think the Satellites will shine.”
Sampson was a member of the team before the arrival of Coach Didi Dramani. He is yet to gain the attention of the former Kumasi Asante Kotoko coach but believes, with grit and determination and game time, he will be in the team that will represent Ghana at the world cup.
“Everyone wants to be there,” he said. “They’re occasions when you pray that you don’t get injured or fall ill, I’d love to play at the world cup. I am not part of the team now but pray to be soon.”