Ten years down the lane, Carlisle United striker Derek Asamoah is still amazed to have played for the Black Stars alongside household names such as Michael Essien and Sulley Muntari.
Then with English League 2 side Chester City, Asamoah was named by coach Claude Leroy for friendlies with Japan and South Korea in October 2006, debuting against the latter.
“I was called in to the [Chester City FC] office before the end of the season and they said that I’d been called up to the Ghana national side,” Asamoah told the Chester Chronicle.
“I thought they were winding me up and trying to have a laugh, but it was true. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.
“I’d gone from playing in League 2 in England to playing alongside players like [Michael] Essien and [Sulley] Muntari – guys who were superstars.
“I was in and around these guys, training with them [and] learning from them. I thought I was going to have to pinch myself to make sure it was true. You always dream of representing your country but it’s hard to imagine it coming true.”
Ghana beat Japan 1-0 in the first game, before a 3-1 defeat of South Korea four days later.
The Accra-born, who previously spent time with French side OGC Nice and South Korean outfit Pohang Steelers, made four appearances in total for the Black Stars, scoring once in a 2-1 win over Gabon in 2011.
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