Football is more competitive in India than Ghana- Adjah Tetteh
India may not look like the best of destinations when it comes to playing professional football. Cricket is the most followed sport in a country which is home to a diverse population playing many different kinds of sports across. But these days it looks like the narrative have changed.
It use to be the dream of every young footballer to play in the elite leagues in Europe and in more developed countries, but it looks like that is not the situation these days.
Ghanacrusader.com caught up with one of Ghana’s amazing talents,Philip Adjah Tetteh who plays for Mohammedan SC in India.
Mohammedan Sporting Club, founded in 1891 at Kolkata, is one of the oldest and most popular football teams in India, with a massive support base in all parts of the country. They currently play in the I-League 2nd Division and the premier division of the Calcutta Football League.
Philip Adjah Tetteh has become a hero at the club since joining in the summer of 2018, bagging 24 goals in all competitions. But interestingly, early in 2018 Adjah had been roaming around in Calcutta giving trials for different clubs with giants Minerva Punjab FC, one of the many clubs in which he was trying his luck all over until he got signed by Mohammedan SC.He is the current captain of the team.
The 20- year-old attacker disclosed a lot about playing in the Asian country and how football has become competitive in every corner of the country which wasn’t the situation some years ago..
When asked about the competitiveness of Indian football to his homeland ,Ghana,football , Adjah Tetteh didn’t mince words with his response, clearly admitting that the former has stronger structures than the later.
“I think the football in India has become more competitive than it is in Ghana,I will say it is far better than in Ghana”.
Defending his statement, the Mohammedan SC striker further cited that in terms of player motivation [remuneration ] , facilities and the way things are coordinated in the football space there he sees it as far advanced than what is done in Ghana.
Scoring 24 goals in 25 games in all competitions ,one can say this is only in India where Cricket is the main sport there but here is the young striker’s response to such claims.
“Many people think when you play in India you are not a good player but I think that is only a perception,when you come and you witness the level of football here you would know that what I am talking about is true.You can’t under rate the level of football here.It is very tough and competitive.
“There are a lot of internationals across the world who are playing in India and that should tell you something.First when I came here I thought it was going to be easy until I realized I had to put in extra effort to succeed here“.
Adjah Tetteh has helped Mohammedan SC win the Bordoloi trophy after 27 years ,the Bodoland Matrys Gold Cup ,JS Gold Cup, runners up in the GTA Chairman Gold Cup and Independence Cup and guess what in all he was adjudged the best player and won the top scorer award.
It is his dream that someday he will get the opportunity to serve his home country Ghana in any capacity.According to him you can’t say never ,once he has got the legs and heart to run on the field there is a strong belief that a bigger opportunity awaits him.
A host of Ghanaian players are now playing in India , notably former Bechem United and Black Stars striker Abednego Tetteh,Charles Dzisah and co but even before that Ghana has had a couple of players in the Asian country.Former Hearts of Oak players Amankwa Mireku,Rueben Senyo and Alfred Nii Larbi once upon a time played in India.