David Accam has been named in Ghana’s initial squad for the World Cup which was announced yesterday.
Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has selected a list of 26 players which will be trimmed to 23 after they have played the Netherlands in a friendly on 31st May.
David played for Evesham in the 2010-11 season when we played at Worcester in the Southern Premier League. This was while he was studying at Hartpury College. He made 20 appearances scoring 10 goals. He played with fellow Ghanians, Isaac Shaze who played around 25 matches and Samuel Laryea Mensah who turned out over 30 times.
Paul West, the former Evesham United Manager who brought the three Ghaniains to the club said, “they had enthusiasm and a love of the game, it was a pleasure to coach them, lads who always had a smile on their faces”. He added, “we knew they were something special, the supporters loved them and they had talent there was no doubt. They were thankful for the opportunities given to them”.
It was difficult to take David on for the next season due to work permits. After his time at Evesham United he took part in the Nike “The Chance” competition where he was one of eight winners who got to spend the 2011–2012 season with the Nike Football Academy.
In March 2012 Accam signed for Swedish third tier side Ostersund joining up with the two other Ghanians again.
Accam was then signed by top tier club Helsingborgs in August 2012, and was due to be loaned back to Östersund for the remainder of the season. However, he was recalled by Helsingborgs for a Champions League qualifying match against Celtic. The 500,000 euros transfer fee paid by Helsingborgs was the highest ever for a player from the Swedish third tier.
Accam received his first call-up to Ghana for a 2014 World Cup qualification match against Sudan on 24 March 2013, in which he was an unused substitute. David has scored 10 goals in his last 10 games for his Swedish club and is being tracked by some top clubs in Europe.
Let’s hope he gets the final call up, as any international is great to play in, but to appear in the World Cup is a dream.
Read the article in today’s Daily Mail here