Me FiRi GHANA Proudly presents……Richard Kojo Asante
Young Inspirational Footballer!
I feel extremely honoured to write about this humble young Ghanaian, Richard Kojo Asante, who also goes by the name spitzke!! Richard was Born to Ghanaian parents, born and raised in Germany, Hamburg where he then moved to England at 11 years.
At just 19 years of age, things seem to be gong spectacular for the young footballer. Having been asked to play for the *GHANA’s UNDER 23’s Football Team* this summer, Yess! certainly nothing can stop him! I’m bursting with excitement for this young footballer because of his determination and motivation to strive to be the best of the best!
I had a lil catch up with the inspirational young footballer:
What is your aim or motive?
My aim is to be a role model to young Ghanianas and to achieve all my dreams I’ve always wanted to achieve. I want to make sure the younger generation can look up to me. I wanna give everything back to my mum, she’s sacrificed a lot for me, I owe her a lot.
Tell the team how did you get into football?
Well it started from when i was 4 years old and my dad discovered that I had a gift and talent so my sister Vesta kept taking me to football training even when it was raining really hard and struggled to get to training and she was always there for me.
What team do you play for ?
Well at the moment am on loan at Northampton own reserves till the summer and will be returning back with an option to have a trail in the summer at Fulham FC which I am quite excited about. Also I have been asked to play for Ghana under 23s in the summer so maybe that might just happen if I think I am ready.
Do you look up to any footballers and why?
Yes there are a few players I look up to like my all time hero Thierry Henry and Michael Essien and Andre Ayew. They are great players and I learn a lot from watching them play each week in the top leagues and champions league. I get inspired by them and watching them live. Especially Thierry Henry, he has made me want to play football even more. The passion in English football is incredible to watch that’s one of the reasons why I love football.
Who/what influenced you to your chosen pathway? Where did your football passion start from?
I was influenced by my dad and everyday I played football in school I got in trouble sometimes for playing football way too much lol but yeah that’s how much I loved it when I was younger.
Can you imagine yourself doing anything else apart from football?
Ermm well no I don’t think so, all I wanted to play is football, especially when I was younger, so I had no other dream other than playing footy, I had the faith and belief that I will become a footballer and maybe one day, the greatest, who knows .
Share with the team your best motivation line?
Never give up and give 100%.
Are you proud to state ‘MeFiRi Ghana’?
Yes I’m very proud MeFiri Ghana am blessed to be from there, I love everything about Ghana.
Do you think your culture has inspired your chosen pathway?
Yeah, I think it did because my parents kept pushing me into football and I just want to inspire the young Ghanaian kids out there.
Are you doing anything positive outside your football career?
Well hopefully soon I’m going to start my charity to help get kids off the streets in Ghana and get them into schools. My ultimate dream is to open a football academy in Ghana I have faith that this will come true.
I’m sure you’ve heard about the new Dance craze Azonto, rate yours 1-10
Of course I’ve heard of Azonto well I’ll rate myself a 10 out of 10. I am the Azonto king lol well am pretty good so maybe a 8 out of 10 to be fair, I have been doing it a lot.
Any last words from you?
“I wouldn’t be here without the help of God he kept beside me ”
All you young Emmanuel Frimpong, Micheal Essien and Asamoah Gyan’s.. follow him on twitter @AsanteS23