Afriyie ready for Black Stars call-up

Author: Beatrice Laryea
Afryie(centre) with Seth Karikari(left) and Dr Manfred(right)

Kenya-based Ghanaian striker, Francis Afriyie, says he is ready to solve the goal-scoring malaise facing the Black Stars whenever he is given the chance to feature for the senior national team.

The former Bechem United forward who now plies his trade with Kenyan soccer giants, Gor Mahia FC, is counting his blessings after a successful league season in the East African country.

“I am ready for the Black Stars; whenever I am invited I will be ready to play. I will be humbled by a call-up into the Black Stars fold,” he told the Daily Graphic yesterday upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport.

The Joy Industries signee was welcomed by Dr Takyi Manfred, CEO of Joy Industries, and Seth Karikari, alias Koofori of ‘Efiewura’ fame.

He told this paper that his stay at Gor Mahia was temporary and that talks were far advanced between his managers and some European clubs for a possible move.

“I am very happy with where I am now. I hope to make the best out of any opportunity offered me by any club and keep playing and scoring goals,” he stated.

He expressed profound gratitude to Joy Industries for their support and added that he had great peace of mind when playing due to his good managers.

Dr Manfred disclosed that his outfit had recruited other soccer talents to manage and promote them for the national cause.
“Joy Industries has been supporting football for such a long time, and we hope to continue with this policy, including other sporting disciplines like boxing, to nurture talents and create employment for the youth,” he stated.

He called on stakeholders in the sporting industry to take sports seriously and provide structures and tools for players and administrators of the game.