A former Black Stars and Hearts of Oak player, Richard Anderson, has disclosed on the SVTV Ghetto Live segment that his football career couldn’t reach greater heights because of drugs.
The Tema-based footballer revealed that he was a student at Tema Technical Secondary School (form 1), but he dropped out of school and decided to pursue football.
According to the player, he was discovered by Alhaji Grusah in a colts/juvenile tournament in Tema, he went on to play for King Faisal Junior side for 6 months and later came to Tema to continue his juvenile football with Tema AC Milan.
“I played King Faisal’s junior side for six months and later decided to come back home and continue my colts (juvenile) football with Tema AC Milan,” he recalled.
Richard Anderson in 1995 joined Premier league side Ghapoha FC for a fee he revealed to be around GHC 1,200 on a one-year contract. Unfortunately, his team was relegated the same year in a playoff against Power FC.
“At the Premiership, I met great players like Justice Ampah, Joe Ansah, Famey3, among others,” he recounted.
He from then joined Accra Hearts of Oak, but he couldn’t make a career at Hearts of Oak as he was injured, Anderson from Hearts of Oak joined Swedru All Blacks were he had the the chance to travel to Kuwait and continue his football career.
In Kuwait, he met a Nigerian fellow who was into drugs, he disclosed how he was introduced to drugs.
“There are so many types of drugs Obion, Rock. For the rock it is only good for armed robbers. It is not good for footballers. No one can take it and play football. They introduced me to Obion. What they sell in Kuwait is very good. The one they sell in Ghana is not good, because you need to buy plenty, but they are still not effective”, he said.
“I had a Nigerian roommate who was into drugs, so one day I told him Haruna I will test your drug. He told me not to, yet I insisted.”
He went on to reveal that although he made quite some good money from Kuwait, doing drugs derailed most of his plans in life as he wasted all his money on drugs and unnecessary things when he returned to Ghana.
“I spent most of the money made outside, on unnecessary things, but I am always proud I gave my mum her share and also spent some on my daughter’s education,” he said.
‘’Sisia’’ as he is popularly known by his colleagues and many in Tema, ended by advising the youth to do away with drugs as it is destructive.
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