Ghana’s Antoine Semenyo scored his first goal for the Black Stars when they crushed Switzerland in a pre-tournament friendly on Thursday November 17, continuing his rise from the lower regions of the English football pyramid.
The 22-year-old, who plays for Bristol City in the championship, featured for rustic South Gloucestershire and Stroud School until his late teens, subsequent to being invited to the school’s football program by ex-Leeds United boss David Hockaday.
The Robins were unquestionably happy by Hockaday’s premonition, as their partnership with SGS eventually prompted Semenyo signing terms with the second-level club a long time back.
His recent goal against Switzerland showed what Antoine Semenyo could accomplish for Ghana at the World Cup, who is ready to demonstrate his quality at the World Cup, during an interview after the match.
“In my experience of heading the football program here at SGS for many years, Antoine has to be one of the very best we have produced and I predict a very bright future for him,” the college’s director of sport, Simon Panes, said.
Ahead of the World Cup in Russia quite a while back, the London-born Semenyo was completing a loan spell at Bath City — of the sixth tier of the English game — but is now preparing to represent Ghana, the land of his ancestors, in Qatar.
He even didn’t believe the invitation when it came – believing the unsaved number was a hoax.
“I woke up and got a call from a Ghana number, he told the Bristol Post.
“I wasn’t sure and I was sceptical about picking it up. The assistant coach said I had been selected. It felt so surreal, I couldn’t believe what he was saying.
“I thought it was a fake number at one stage. When he told me I was so excited and rolled around in my bed and I was so happy.”