Frustration nearly made me quit football to become a mechanic – Edmund Addo tells his story

Black Stars new-boy Edmund Addo has opened up on his humble beginnings, saying frustration nearly drove him to become a mechanic.

Frustration nearly made me quit football to become a mechanic – Edmund Addo tells his story

Addo, who was born in Chorkor, has seen his career transformed in the last four years after moving from a non-league status to a professional.

The midfielder was part of the Sheriff Tiraspol team that defied all odds and chalked some impressive results in this season’s UEFA Champions League.

The 21-year-old started in a midfield pivot for the Moldovan champions as they claimed a hard-fought 1-2 win over Real Madrid in the group stages.

Addo played an instrumental role in his side’s victory, which earned him a post-match photo-op with his idol Toni Kroos.

He was subsequently handed his maiden call-up to the Black Stars, and made his debut against South Africa in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in November.

Having earned a place in Milovan Rajevac’s 28-man squad for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon, Addo has opened up on how he nearly became a mechanic.

"Three or four years ago, back then, we went for an interview with this travelling agency and they picked me for that,” Addo told the GFA's media.

“We were about 14 players and everybody was interviewed except me and when I asked why they said they were done.

"So I called one of my bosses called Don, he always takes me out and he is a mechanic, so I told him I want to join him and that I have stopped football. I was frustrated because they interviewed everyone and I was the only one left."

Addo will compete with the likes of Mubarak Wakaso, Baba Iddrisu and Thomas Partey for a starting spot when the Black Stars take on Morocco, Comoros and Gabon in Group C of the AFCON.

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