Deputy skipper of Accra Great Olympics Gladson Awako bemoans his failure to realise his full potentials as a football, revealing that he missed out on opportunities to join European powerhouses such as Tottenham, Inter Milan, AS Monaco fell through.
Awako was a member of the Black Satellites team that won both the Africa U-20 Nations Cup and the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009.
Like the other members of the team that became the first African side to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup, much was expected of the former Berekum Chelsea midfielder and despite winning the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederation Cup with TP Mazembe, he has admitted that he failed to live up to the billing.
Awako has disclosed that opportunities came his way to ply his trade in some of the big European clubs but he missed out on them.
“I am disappointed because I had chances to travel outside to train with some European clubs like Tottenham, Inter Milan, Monaco, but it didn’t happen the way I wished , but I still moved on and I believe that things will get better,” He told Pulse Ghana
Awako added that much is expected of players at the U-20 level by clubs.
“It is different from playing in the U-17 team. It is the U-20 so those clubs out there have some expectations because you are already matured y. If you are playing for the U-20 you have already hit your mark 18, 19, 20, so you should be a matured player, “ he added.
“They have some target that they want to see from the player”.
Gladson Awako on the local scene played for Heart of Lions before joining Berekum Chelsea and he was also part of the latter’s team that won the Ghana Premier League in 2011 and also reached the group stage of the CAF Champions League in 2012.
After excelling on the domestic scene, he joined TP Mazembe in 2012.
He returned to the Ghana Premier League in 2019 after a spell with Phoenix Rising Star in the United States.