‘I wept when I was called to join the Black Stars’ – Medeama’s Jonathan Sowah
Medeama Sporting Club forward Jonathan Sowah has revealed that he shed tears of joy after he received a call to join the national football team, Black Stars.
The in-form attacker is the only local striker invited by coach Chris Hughton for the final AFCON 2023 qualifier against the Central African Republic to be played on Thursday, September 7, in Kumasi.
Sowah converted the winning penalty against Remo FC of Nigeria for Medeama to helped his side to advance to the next round of the CAF Champions League a fortnight ago.
He also grabbed a brace against Dreams FC in the Champion of Champions game played on Sunday at Abrankese.
“When I had the call I was so happy and after the call I cried because this is a dream that I have been waiting for,” he said during an interview.
The 24-year-old striker dedicated his national team call up to his late mother.
"She is the reason I'm here. She was my prayer warrior and kept telling me one day I will be a great footballer. Even though she passed away some years ago, her spirit is always with me" he said.
Sowah is a well-known beach soccer player in Nungua, a coastal town in Accra, where he has been playing beach soccer and street football popularly known as "gutter to gutter.”
From his preparatory school days in Nima to playing Colts football in Madina, he continued to develop his skills at Kwahu Senior High in the Eastern Region playing just for fun as he recalled.
Sowah is a well-known beach soccer player in Nungua
At the same time, his family also kept praying for a breakthrough offer from any local team as their son continued to showcase his exceptional football talent.
In 2021, he was shortlisted by the leadership of the national beach soccer team, Black Sharks to join them in preparation towards the AFCON Beach Soccer qualifiers. Unfortunately, injury curtailed that dream.
He picked up the pieces of his football career again with Danbort FC as he returned to the grass pitch before he was spotted by the President of current Ghana Premier League and Super Cup champions, Mr Moses Armah.
It was Mr Armah who funded the player's surgery on his fractured ankle to save Sowah's football career.
"I just love playing football and I want to show the world what I can do when given the chance but I know I would not have made it this far without the lessons and support of the good people around me".
For Sowah, a new chapter in his life has just began and the rest of his inspirational story will be determined largely by how well he handles the challenges and opportunities that await him.