By John Kwesi Arthur
Football Writer, kick442.com-Ghana
Former Ghanaian international and Elmina Sharks assistant coach Felix Ahmed Aboagye has recounted that racism in football is not only in Europe but it’s here in Africa as well.
According to him, his biggest challenge in Egypt was when his own teammates were refusing to pass balls to him because of his dark complexion.
“Most challenges I encountered during my playing time was RACISM in football.
Apart from few years I played in Ghana, I played most of my playing career outside ghana but I was able to handle myself very professionally. In Egypt where I featured prominently for 6 years, the early days were very difficult.
Most of my local play mates didn’t like me as a black player among them so some even refused to pass the ball to me in training and in matches. Going to buy groceries in super market became a huge headache. They call you names like “monkey” and “black man” which really affected my game both physically and morally but with time and patience I was able to win their hearts. With a humble heart, I overcame those mockery names and arose to become the most fearsome striker ever to play for Al Ahly and Egypt as a whole. Most young chaps could not stand those abuse so they returned home.” Felix Ahmed Aboagye disclosed this in his face -to- face interactions with his followers on Facebook.
The 44-year-old Kumasi native began his career with Dawu Youngstars in 1992. He moved to Al Ahly just after a year and spent five years on the books of the Cairo giants before switching to Greek side Olympiakos.
He won 26 caps for Ghana in a six year spell in the National team between 1996-2000.
He attended two AFCON tournaments with Ghana and represented 14 clubs across the world in a 17 year football career that ended in 2009.
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