Emmanuel Boateng speaks to AFS
Emmanuel Boateng proved to be a very effective substitute for the Black Satellites when Ghana beat Panama on Friday.
The Rio Ave striker had been on the pitch for less than ten minutes as a replacement for Benjamin Tetteh when he scored the winner to take Ghana through to the round of 16.
The 19-year-old Rio Ave forward started his career in his homeland with Charity Stars, a colts team in Accra.
Boateng has always scored goals and was the overall top-scorer in the Greater Accra Regional Colts league before being scouted and heading to Portugal to begin his senior career.
Africa Football Shop caught up with the Ghana Under-20 striker as his side prepare to face fellow African side Mali in Wellington on Wednesday.
So for those who don’t know much about you what kind of striker are you?
I’m an overall striker with the determination of scoring every chance that I get. I try to use my speed. I’m also comfortable as a second striker.
How did you find adapting to life in Portugal, after your move to Rio Ave?
It was a big platform for me moving from Ghana to Portugal. Training was fun but the only difference was that I didn’t understand their language, that took time to get used to.
What are your goals for next season? Will you still be in Portugal?
My Goals are to play and score more in next season. I don’t really know for now if I’ll be in Portugal or not but will be giving out my best wherever i am.
Who in the current Black Satellites team do you think can go on to be a star?
I think every player in the team is capable of being a star because everyone has ability. This is a great team and we hope to prove it by giving off our best.
Finally, What do you make of your chances against Mali?
The game against Mali will be a difficult game because in the African Youth Championship we met them two times. They won once and we won once so this time around we know it won’t be easy.