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I almost killed myself upon Black Stars invitation - Awal Mohammed

Published on: 23 December 2012

By Ameenu Shardow

Awal Mohammed has revealed he almost killed himself with excitement on his call up to the provisional Ghana squad for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 24-year-old was a surprise inclusion in coach Akwasi Appiah's 26-man squad for the tournament which kicks off early next year in South Africa.

The Maritzburg United defender was believed to have missed the opportunity to be part of the Black Stars squad after failing to honour his debut call in the friendly game against Cape Verde.

This was after he was unable to secure a travelling visa for last month’s friendly played in Portugal.

He nevertheless made the provisional cut as the team heads to Abu Dhabi for the pre-Nations Cup training camp - further buttressing the faith reposed in him by the Black Stars’ technical team.

Describing his call as the biggest achievement of his career so far, Awal revealed he almost died of excitement in disbelief after news broke of his invitation.

"It was a surprise to me because you know Ghana has very good players inside and outside the country," he told in an extensive video interview to be published soon.

"When they called me, I was crazy, I wanted to kill myself.

"It is too much for me. Me to be called into the national team for Nations Cup?

"In 26-man squad for training tour in Dubai (Abu Dhabi)? Is too much for me."

The ex Asante Kotoko player could be further blown away if he manages to make the final cut for next year's showpiece in South Africa.

It will be an intense contest for places in the final Black Stars squad especially in the central defensive area where the numbers are more saturated.

Ghana is drawn in Group B which will be based in Port Elizabeth alongside Mali, Niger and DR Congo.

The Black Stars open their campaign against the Congolese on January 20 at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

The full exclusive video interview with Awal Mohammed will be published soon


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • kingboat says:
    December 24, 2012 07:32 pm
    @vinny: u dey kokomlemle and u put uk numbr?
  • Onedays says:
    December 24, 2012 01:58 pm
    Man celebrate in moderation, you have a great future. Ghana needs you.
  • Mohammed Awal Tahiru says:
    December 24, 2012 12:43 am
    Iam very glad 2 have heard my name sake rejoice over the invitation.I,ve always prayed 4 him 2 be the replacement 4 JM
  • vinny says:
    December 24, 2012 12:00 am
    Massa what has this got to do with essien and kelvin, Mohammed is expressing his feelings for being called into the great blackstars, why dont u celebrate with him and pray that it goes well for him and perform for the country, lets learn not to make life hell for these guys bt to motivate them to always give their best, and pls remember its every Ones vision to hit the top in life, go Mohammed go and give yr very best, God will be yr strength and guard, will always remember u guys in my prayers, 00447411460482 is mine, contact Me for special prayers.
  • Askantwi says:
    December 23, 2012 09:11 pm
    Essien and Prince Boateng must have felt the same way when they earn their first call. What about now? Now, they forget. Now they think they are bigger than the Black Stars. Now they do not respect the call to national course any more. Now, for them, things have change....
  • oyoko says:
    December 23, 2012 03:44 pm
    We pray dat u make de final list of kwasi apia