I’m from Bolgatanga in the Upper East region of Ghana. There’s not a huge amount of opportunities there. I lost my dad when I was 6 years old and was raised by my mum. She always pushed me to get an education but as a young guy, football was the main thing for me.
When Right to Dream came to my area for trials, I knew I had to take my chance. I got through a trial in Tamale to a final trial in Kumasi. When I arrived, there must have been a 1000 kids there – and so many other forwards!
I was one of 7 kids chosen that day and a couple of months later, I won a full scholarship. As well as football, it was education and the character programme that has got me to where I am now. It gave me the opportunity to study at a great school in the US and now I’m focused on not just becoming a footballer but also earning a degree.
I realise how lucky I am, so giving back is always at the forefront of my mind. That’s why this week, I’m arranging a u15 tournament in my home community.
What I want to say to other kids out there is that, you don’t have to go abroad to do well – you just have to keep working hard and be ready to take your chance. I might not have been the best player compared to people I knew back home but I never gave up and because I’m always striving to be better, I’m doing really well.
So keep going, try your best and be ready because you never know when opportunity will come your way.”
– Seidu Shamsudeen, Canterbury School
Credit: right to dream