Rising through the football ashes to the highest echelons of the sport is largely marked by varied struggles.
Football has offered a safe route out of poverty for a number of young players globally but several factors go into becoming the desired star that equally comes with commanding the hard currencies.
Hundreds of youngsters aim to reach the higher stage but along the journey, some fall off due to injury, ill luck, lack of opportunities and confidence and sometimes disinterest at the last minute among other challenges.
Jacob is a 17-year-old central defender who plies his trade with Division One League club, Krystal Palace, based in Akosombo in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
He tells Africa-foot.com of his desire to climb up the success ladder.
“Concerning my football career, I want to make it big time, to make my parents proud of me.
“They are suffering, all their resources being spent on me shouldn’t be in vain.“I’ve taken football as my everything and this is the only work I know how to do best.
“So I’m hoping for the best.” Kwasi Jacob told Africa-foot.com.
He is fortunate to have an experienced trainer, coach J. E Sarpong who is helping shape his burgeoning career.
Sarpong’s experience is more than enough to spearhead the technical direction of Jacob and Krystal Palace as a whole having coached Ghana’s two biggest clubs, Hearts of and Asante Kotoko.
The former head of sports at the Accra Academy [senior high school] has had stints with two time Ghana league champions, Aduana FC and Great Olympics, Liberty Professionals, Okwawu United among other clubs.
He was assistant to the late former Hearts of Oak coach, Sir Cecil Jones Attuquayefio at Ghana’s National U-23 side, the Black Meteors in 2006.These rich experiences are what Kwasi Jacob is feeding on to help hone his talent.
He describes the veteran trainer as one who “makes football simple” for him.
“For coach J E Sarpong, he is the best.
“He has turned a lot in my life and he makes the game so simple for me and he is the best.”
Kwasi Jacob has played 13 out of 17 games with one assist under his his belt for Krystal Palace who lie 11th in Zone Two of the 2021/22 Division One League.
He has been adjudged MVP in three league games and one FA Cup encounter.