Ghanaian midfielder Hamza Elias says he’s adapting to life well at Canadian side Ottawa Fury.
Coach Dos Santos has described the talented 20-year-old as ‘a project’ because of his natural talent and youth.
He found him through a friend who scouts for Chelsea, fully recognizing that it could take some time for Elias to adapt to a different style of game and a dramatically different culture.
“It is very different from Ghana, especially the weather,” said Elias, who had never been out of his country before taking the whirlwind series of flights from Ghana’s capital, Accra, to Frankfurt, then Toronto, then Ottawa in March.
“This is the first time in this kind of weather. I have to learn with every situation, but I’m very happy to be here.
“I knew (Canada) was very good country to be in, a very peaceful country. I always wanted to come here when I was a child.”
“I know how to dress for the snow,” he said, smiling. “It is first time seeing snow, but it’s a good experience for me. You have to be happy with every situation you are in.
"I like everything here. Soon, I will be used to it here. If you are a footballer, you meet all of these people.
"You come to (new) countries and maybe you can’t speak English (perfectly), but you listen. And the football language is the same. It’s okay. I’m ready to work.”