Akaminko on Galatasaray, Antalyaspor & Ghana
In his latest blog with Africa Football Shop, Turkish SuperLig Columnist Jerry Akaminko discusses Galatasaray, Isaac Promise and Ghana.
We were away at Antalyaspor over the weekend in the Super Lig and came back with a 0-0 result which we were very disappointed about.
With all due respect to the opposition, these are games we should and want to be winning if we are to maintain a serious push for a place in Europe this season.
We had some very good chances to claim all three points, but I must give credit to Antalyaspor as their game-plan worked to perfection in the end.
A point away from home isn’t a bad result, but we have to really build on this and turn these draws into wins. I know we are capable of this.
It was good to catch up with my former team-mate Isaac Promise. He has had some setbacks this season but his spirits were as high as ever! He is one of the strongest characters I know and has been a source of inspiration to me. I ended up staying at his apartment in Antalya after the game as we were given the day-off training on Monday.
The big clash over the weekend was in Istanbul between Galatasaray and Besiktas. It’s always good to see African players featuring in such fiercely-contested games. It was unfortunate for Dany [Nounkeu] who conceded the penalty which decided the derby.
With Gala flying the flag for Turkish football in the Champions League tonight, it is only right that I wish them well. Playing against Chelsea will be a massive test but I believe they can achieve a positive result.
With experienced Champions League winners like Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder in their team, Gala have every chance of causing an upset. A positive performance and result will be massive for the image of football in Turkey because the whole world will be watching this game.
I received a call-up for Ghana’s international friendly next week with Montenegro as you may have read on here. It is always a good feeling to know that your efforts are recognised by your country.
I have maintained my place in the team since playing in the play-off matches which secured our ticket to Brazil. The competition is fierce especially with the World Cup in the summer so you have to give off your best when called upon and also perform to the best of your ability on a weekly basis for your club.
If you were wondering what JAKA stood for in my last post its literally Jerry Akaminko for short!