“My Children Will Never Play For Ghana” – Charles Taylor

Ghana’s player-turned-pastor Charles Taylor has vowed to prohibit his kids from representing Ghana in national and international football games.

The former Black Star did not hide his feelings when he made this known. He recounted his bitter experiences in the hands of South Africa’s Football Association.

He said, “Because of what happened to me, I won’t allow them to play for any of the national teams or even in the Ghanaian league because there is no benefit in it.”

Charles Taylor, a former Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko player said nobody from the national football association thought about his welfare after he sustained injuries during the 2009 African Nations Championship (CHAN) Tournament. Following this incidence,  Taylor’s injuries kept him away from competitions for more than two years and later led to the abrupt end of his career.

It would be recalled that Taylor was part of the national team during the 2009 CHAN competition. However, he did not feature in Ghana’s 2-0 defeat against Congo DR. His absence, he said could be traced to his incessant knee injuries and also neglect from Ghana’s football Association. During his younger years, Charles Taylor also represented Ghana in the 1999 International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) U17 World Cup held in New Zealand. In 2004, he also played for the Black Meteors in Athens during the Olympic Games.

Furthermore, he believes that as a Black Star player, he received an unfair treatment by concerned bodies, who failed to ask after his welfare during the years he battled with injuries. He said

“After what happened to me during the CHAN tournament, not even a single member of the Ghana Football Association was able to call me to ask of the condition of my wounded leg after the competition, so I’ve realize there is no need dying for Ghana”.

Now, Charles Taylor is an ordained man of God. The 33-year-old pastor told reporters,

“Me sitting here right now, if my kids knows how to play and you ask them to play for Ghana, I will prohibit them”.

Ghana fans cheer their team during their African Nations Cup Group B soccer match against Mali at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth January 24, 2013. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER)

Charles Taylor would be remembered for his superb dribbles which earned him the nicknames “Beyie” or “Wizard”. Between 2000 and 2005, he was known for his brilliant and supersonic skills in the game of football. For Charles Taylor, having lived such a short time in the world of his career, he sees it as the end of his happiness in football.

Have you ever wondered why many people would give up food just because their club lost a match? Others may decide to have lonely moments, cry or wish crazy things for themselves, just for football. Yes!, there are souls that go that wide. They are called “football fanatics”. Take a look at their apartments, you will see how they beautifully decorated them with their clubs’ logos, banners, stickers, etc. Even, they flaunt their clubs’ jerseys in place of normal cloths sometimes. There are so much to talk about them.

However, many footballers believe that the game is “life”, whereas others see it as fun. Little wonder Vince Lombardi said “Football is like life – it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority”.