Former Ghanaian U-23 international, Joetex Frimpong, who was unable to join his colleagues for the crucial Egypt 2006 Africa Nations Cup and Germany 2006 World Cup qualifier in Kinshasa has commended the team for pulling a draw against their host, the Simba Lions of Congo Democratic Republic.
Speaking in a telephone interview with www.ghanaweb.com, Joetex, who plays club football for African double champions, Enyimba of Aba said: “I must commend the entire team for getting a draw, though a win would have been better. But, the players deserve all the praise for getting a point from the match. I must also applaud the efforts of coach Ratomir Dujkovic. I am ready to play under him. The Black Stars can make it once we are determined.”
Asked to speak on his inability to make the trip to Kinshasa despite his invitation, the Ghanaian replied: “I was sent a letter of invitation for the match and was informed to expect a flight ticket for the match, but I never received any. Unfortunately, I was unable to catch a flight to Nairobi when I eventually tried to join them because I would have to get to Lagos first since my team is based in a provincial city, Aba, which has no international airport.”
However, the Ghanaian, who has scored two league goals in Nigeria and a goal in the African Champions League promised to be available for the next match against Burkina-Faso in Accra.
In his words: “I am already looking forward to the next game against Burkina-Faso. It is a match that we ave to win. I am in good shape and it would be another chance to play in front of Ghanaians. Please let them know that I am ready to contribute my quota to the Black Stars after helping my Nigeria team. The players in the Black Stars are great guys and I have enjoyed my previous meeting with them.”
Mr. Aggrey, a Ghanaian, who was the match commissioner when Nigeria played Gabon in Port-Harcourt was suprised that the player did not get a ticket from the GFA when he was cornered by www.ghanaweb.com at his hotel.
Joetex entered the history books when he became the first Ghanaian to win the African Champions League and African Super Cup back-to-back. Interestingly, the feat was achieved with his Nigerian team, Enyimba of Aba.