Interview: Young Africans striker Kenneth Asamoah

Published on: 16 July 2011

Ghanaian striker Kenneth Asamoah Boateng etched his name in the hearts of Yanga fans when he scored a dramatic extra time goal helping the side edge out archrivals Simba 1-0 in the Cecafa Kagame Cup final.

The 20-year-0ld  who has also played for FK Jagodina in the Serbian Superliga for two seasons came to Tanzania in 2011.'s Collins Okinyo got to meet the player minutes after the final. Please tell readers about yourself and your educational background?

Asamoah: I was born on 1st August 1988 in Accra, Ghana to Mr. Exwoi Asamoah K Dapaah and my mother Mrs Vivian Pongo. I am the second born in a family of four children that include my brother George Asamoah and sisters Winifred Asamoah and Sonia Asamoah.

I went to Burma Camp Basic School (both Primary and J.S.S) then moved to Aggrey Memorial Senior secondary school where I attained s senior secondary certificate. When did your footballing career begin?

Asamoah: I started football at a tender age and have played for FK Jagodina in the Serbian Superliga, Tema Real Sportive in the Ghana Premier League, Kumasi Asante Kotoko, FC Mamobi Midjiland in the Ghana Division 1 league and Nania Fc owned by renowned Abedi Pele in the Ghana division 1. Now that you have played in Tanzania how can you compare the football here and your native Ghana?

Asamoah: There is not much difference because in Tanzania they play equally good football like Ghana. The only difference is that the Ghanaian national team; Black Stars have achieved much and plays in a higher level. Talking of the National team do you aspire of one day featuring for them at any level?

Asamoah: Ohh yes thats the dream of any footballer but i always know Gods time is the best and one day it will happen. What is your perception of the bitter rivalry between Yanga and Simba?

Asamoah: I don’t see the rivalry as a big deal. This is exactly like the Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak rivalry back in Ghana because we see ourselves as big clubs. Why did you decide to come to Tanzania to continue with your football career?

Asamoah: I was in Tanzania last year but could not play because there was a problem with my International Transfer Certificate (ITC) after the clubs failed to agree.

I decided to come to Tanzania because the officials of Yanga called me and still showed interest in me despite the problems. I could not turn them down because of the way they treated me when I was in Tanzania last year they really made me feel at home and I felt this was the club to be. What had been your high moments as a footballer?

Asamoah: When I moved from division one side Mamobi Midjiland to Asante Kotoko to play in the Ghana Premier league it was definitely a big move for me and one of my best moments as a footballer. What is your aspiration as a footballer?

Asamoah: I am a believer that God will propel me to a higher level in my football career. Who is your role model?

Asamoah: My Role model is Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto. What are some of your hobbies?

Asamoah: I love listening to gospel music, reading my bible and watching football. What is your favourite food?

Asamoah: I love my Jollof rice. What is your parting Shot to Yanga fans who adore you?

Asamoah:I thank them for their support they should not stop praying for the team. Their prayers are what will see the team through. I promise them that the team won’t let them down.


  • RANV
    says: 7 years ago
    You played for Tema Real Sportive,Kotoko,Nania, Midjiland and a club in Serbia and you are now twenty years?? Why won't our players be honest and declare heir real ages?? Anyway, congratulations and we wish you all the best. Hopefully, we'll seeyou playing for the stars when you are twenty five and at your peak...that is, if you are still around.
  • Maxwell Johnson
    says: 7 years ago
    The dude was born on 1st August 1988 and you claim he is 20 yrs old???PATHETIC!!
  • he is useless
    says: 7 years ago
    he was 12 when he played for Sportive