MEET CHRISTOPHER NETTEY: Kotoko's Right-back Who Outdared His Father's Orders To Become A Footballer Featured
23 May

MEET CHRISTOPHER NETTEY: Kotoko's Right-back Who Outdared His Father's Orders To Become A Footballer

Football as it was from the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s was not fancied by many African parents since it was less lucrative than today.

Most African parents as it was then only wanted their Children to become Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, Lawyers, and other profitable professions.
Football was seen as a space for "Kob)l)'s"  (stubborn) kids, and that no responsible parents would want their children to venture there. 
 
Those who wanted to oppose the orders of their parents had to go through some sort of inhuman treatment- some have to run from home to stay with their friends in other to fight to achieve their personal aspirations. 
 
Growing up in Chorkor, the story was no different for Asante Kotoko right-back, ChristopherNettey. A young brilliant Christopher Nettey has to go through ordeals just to work his dreams to come through as a footballer other than the school his father wanted him to accentuate. 
Nettey in a recent interview with National Circles Council's Social Media Manager, Sasu Danquah, he revealed how difficult it was when he decided to opt for football as a profession. 
 
"It wasn't easy at all for me to become a footballer because my father wanted me to focus on education. " He sorrowfully recounted. 
 
The quick-witted Asante Kotoko right-back had to depend on his father's friend to plead with the man who wanted to see his son as an Engineer to embellishes the family with such a clout.
 
"My father will always beat me at home after every football match. Sometimes, in other to avoid beatings, I had to go out with two of my cloths just to change when returning home"
 
Nettey, 21,  who started his football journey with Attram De Visser Academy saw a sudden rising through hard work. He joined Accra Great Olympics in 2017 season to help. Though, his performance was a stately one, it was not enough to absorb the pressure of relegation- Olympics was relegated, and he reverted to his parent club. 
 
In 2019/20, there came an opportunity for him to join arguably the best football club in Ghana, Asante Kotoko SC to continue his career under the tutelage of Coach Maxwell Konadu. 
 
His romance with Kotoko in the league has been hugely fruitful following his staggering performances. He has now taken full charge of the right side of the defence over an experienced player in the shape of Augustine Sefa.
 
Nettey's contributions in the league thus far has been nothing short of brilliance, mind-blowing, and stunning showings. His ability to join the attack to cause mayhem to the opposing team, and ability to timely revert to his role have endeared him to Kotoko supporters for him to receive plaudits from them. 
 
"When my manager informed me about the move to Kotoko, I told myself it is a dream come through to establish my name in the history books of Ghana football. It has always been a dream to don the colours of Kotoko, so, it was amazing feeling when I finally joined the team" Nettey said.
 
Though his father earlier rejected his decision, through his unmatched and sparkling performance, his father has come to love him more and would travel from Accra to watch him wherever he is playing. 
 
"The story has changed now. My father can travel from Accra to even Tamale just to watch me. And I think that is so interesting and points out to the fact that it is important to add hard work to whatever you are doing" he concluded.
 
Chorkor born Christopher Nettey is now one of the highly-rated players of Asante Kotoko. He is been one of the players touted to hoist the flag of Ghana  so high to the rest of the world if he could maintain imbibed discipline, hard work, and humility. 
 
Story by : Sasu Danquah High Priest
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