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My mother didn’t want me to play football but rather continue with my studies – Agyemang Badu

Black Stars diminutive midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang Badu has disclosed his mother, Madam Theresa Aboma had no interest in football and didn’t want to see him on the pitch but rather to focus on his education to the higher level.

It took the intervention of one Ibrahim who was his first prosecutor to always try to convince his mother. But according to the Hellas Verona man, she got convinced totally after he aided the Black Satellites to clinch the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup which was staged in Egypt.

Agyemang Badu stepped up to convert the winning kick of the game when the shootouts was levelled on three all after six kicks each. His last kick made history as it aided Ghana to become the first African country to win the competition. According to Badu, that kick changed his life.

Right after the tournament, Badu had already joined Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko and was quickly drafted into the Black Stars squad in both the 2010 AFCON and World Cup where the West African nation got to the quarter final after they had lost to Egypt in the Nation’s Cup final.

Badu 29, revealed to Hellas Verona Instagram channel;

“My mother didn’t want me to play football, she wanted me to continue my studies. Ibrahim, my first prosecutor, helped me a lot and convinced her after several times that he came to talk to us. The victory of the U20 World Cup changed my life.

In January 2010, Serie A outfit Udinese Calcio confirmed on their website the permanent capture of Agyemang Badu after already having spells at Recreativo de Huelva and Berlin FC including a trials at English side Middlesbrough.

The 29 year old is currently with Italian top flight outfit Hellas Verona.

By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim

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