FC Nania striker, Francis McCarthy has revealed how tough it is to play under the watchful eyes of a legend like Abedi Ayew “Pele.”
McCarthy plays for the Ghana Division One club which is owned and bankrolled by ex-Black Stars captain and three time African Footballer of the Year, Abedi Pele.
The young forward spoke to Accra based Radio Station, Radio Gold.
“The maestro doesn’t joke with his team. Whatever that man is, is true his dedication and toughness.
“I felt I was fit because I was training at home personally [but] when I joined Nania, I realized that I wasn’t fit at all.
“If you are supposed to run for one hour, you have to run for 120 minutes under Abedi Pele.
“You have to do it if you really want to play you have to do it.
“Sometimes we players we deceive ourselves, you know are not there, forget what people say.
“Watch yourself, deep down in your heart are you ready to play?
“If you cannot run like he [Abedi Pele] wants definitely you cannot play.
“I wasn’t fit to play initially when I came because the intensity he wants in his game is not a joke.” Francis McCarthy told Radio Gold Sports.
He scored 10 goals in 19 appearances, with 4 assists for Nania fc in last season’s Division One ZONE III campaign. His high level performance earned him six Most Valuable Player [MVP] awards.
Francis McCarthy joined Nanian fc from Accra City after his formative years at Leeds United which is now re-christened De Gunners FC as well as second tier side, New Generation FC.