Acquah on the verge of going to Brazil

The coach, who is the first Ghanaian to coach a team at the World Cup finals, will have to cut three outfield players ahead of the June 12 – July 13 finals in Brazil, where the Black Stars will be facing Germany, Portugal and the US in Group G. 

The 22-year-old Acquah, who is on loan at Serie A club Parma from German Bundesliga team Hoffenheim, said: “I hope I can get a look in from the Ghana technical team. In my opinion, I have worked hard enough to merit one.” 

Although he has already represented the West African country in an international, he is aware that it will not be easy to break into the Black Stars side.  

“Ghana has a lot of good players, so I do not think it is automatic for me to expect a call up. If it happens, I will be so excited; it is does not happen, I will keep working harder and hope some day, I get what I desire. I understand life and football better now and I know anything can happen at any time”. 

Acquah has had to work hard to get where he is. After failing to make the grade at Hoffenheim and not playing a single league game for the German side, he returned to Parma at the start of the 2013/14 season and soon became a regular in the team.

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Scoring a first goal 

He played 26 matches (with one league game to go) and scored his first Serie A goal in a 4-2 defeat against Roma in the beginning of April. "I returned to Parma and still could not break through the team immediately.  

“But with my new emphasis on working hard, I have had the opportunity of playing regularly this season and have scored a goal. It was a great feeling because that goal came against Roma. We lost that game but it was my first ever goal after four years in the Serie A and that was special".  

Acquah, who was previously linked with a move to Premier League club Arsenal, was discovered in Ghana by scouts working for the Glentoran Academy and invited to join them. A trial in Europe with Glentoran greatly impressed the Northern Irish coaching staff, but red tape prevented him being signed. 

Instead, he returned to Ghana before being snapped up by Palermo. After impressive displays with the Sicilian club, he signed for Parma before a big-money move to Hoffenheim. 

The midfielder is now back in Parma and is looking forward to parading his skills on the highest stage a footballer can reach: The World Cup.