Colombus Crew defender Harrison Afful has spoken up for Major League Soccer, arguing that it is very competitive.
The Ghana international joined the American side in July, after six seasons with Tunisian outfit Esperance.
“Back in Ghana, there is a lot of talk that if you are coming to MLS, you’re coming to retire,” Afful told Fox Sports.
“When I came here, I saw a different thing. It’s very competitive. It’s really nice to play here. For me, in some years, it’ll be one of the greatest leagues in the world.”
Afful made his debut in a 2-2 draw with New York City FC in August, going on to play 14 matches as the Black and Gold reached the final of the 2015 Conference Playoff where they fell to Portland Timbers.
“I knew what I was coming here to do. I knew what the expectations were before I got here,” he added.
“I knew it was a big challenge for me, but I’m someone who likes challenges.
“When it comes my way, I just have to stay on my feet and show that I can deliver on the field.”
Afful joined Esperance in 2009 after playing for Asante Kotoko and Feyenoord Academy in Ghana. In 2011, he led the Tunisian giants to claim the Caf Champions League title.
The right-back played for the Black Stars at the 2008, 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.