African Mentality Ruined my Career- Awudu Issaka.

Former TSV 1860 Munich playmaker; Awudu Issaka says lack of knowledge and inculcated African values and perceptions such as; timidity and over-respecting the elderly even at the expense of being bullied, rendered his football career in jeopardy.


The former Bofoakwa Tano star on Asempa FM stated that, due to how he was domestically brought up and as a matter of fact, under the influence of African culture, led him to be cheated in broad-day-light.

“there are these two big and well known personalities; one a lawyer and the other a chief who led me to sign a four year contract in France, 2 years each at Anderlecht and Auxerre.”

“the only thing I got after playing the entire 4 year contract was an envelope which I was told to use for shopping. I didn’t even know my monthly salary. The only club where I gained something out of the services I rendered is 1860 Munich.”


According to the former Ghana under-17 player, Education is key in everything; he failed as a result of his lack of knowledge and wouldn’t want any of the upcoming footballers to fall a victim per his situation.

“there are some children who in the process of their maturity refuse to take advise concerning education. I would have signed a good contract only if I have had the opportunity to go to school.

“school is first; football is second. I have regretted not to have taken education serious, if I can go back in life, I would have love to start all again by talking my education serious.”

“because of illiteracy, I didn’t even know what entailed in the contract and I did not know what I was signing; as a result, I put my trust in certain people to help me sign the contract but in the end, they cheated me.” He added.


Awudu Issaka after the 1995 U-17 Championship in Ecuador signed for Anderletch; and after finishing his 2 years contract, played another 2 years at Auxerre before finishing up his 5 year contract with 1860 Munich.

Domestically, he played for Bofoakwa Tano and Tema Youth; formally Ofie Youngsters.



*WrYta Amenyoh Raphael*



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