Hero behind bars: The story of talented Ghanaian goalkeeper, Arhin Aboagye languishing in jail
London, Feb. 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-The walls of a prison may not be an ideal place for any ambitious person. For Arhin Aboagye, though, the goal is to launch his career as a professional goalkeeper at the Nsawam Prison in Ghana
The talented goalkeeper, Aboagye has three more years to serve at Ghana’s medium security prison, having already served six years and some months.
In a documentary aired by a Ghanaian broadcast station, TV3, Arhin Aboagye exhibited extreme abilities during the Prison’s Champion of Champions Cup which is a season finale to the league organised by the Service every year.
A hero behind bars. One of the many interesting stories of our special series on football and reformation at the Nsawam Prison, is that of Arhin Aboagye, a pure goalkeeping talent with an appetite for making big, bold saves. #3Sports pic.twitter.com/CkdnaNiBbq— Juliet Bawuah (@julietbawuah) February 18, 2020
Described as a hero behind bars, Aboagye who refers to himself as a penalty expert narrates how he always wanted to become a professional goalkeeper until he had a brush with the law a few years ago, a situation which put a huge dent on his dreams.
“I always wanted to become a goalkeeper but my parents preferred having me in school instead. I wasn’t a brilliant student so I knew sports and football was my only way out. Unfortunately, I lost my way at some point and so I could not complete my education and also couldn’t pursue football. My truant and deviant ways finally landed me in jail.”
He adds that being in prison has given him a better perspective about life for which reason he doesn’t just look forward to being reformed, but also taking advantage of every opportunity to launch a career.
Aboagye said he looks up to Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana and says he hopes to emulate the success of the young Cameroonian goalie.
Luckily for him, immediately the documentary went viral, Onana spotted it and has promised to send a signed jersey and gloves to Aboagye.
Reacting to the story, Onana tweeted “Life is not easy for most people.
Sometimes you can take shortcuts, but only effort and humility will bring you up to the right way. Everybody can make mistakes but the most important thing is to change and have a second chance to show that we can all be better people”.
Life is not easy for most people.— Andre Onana (@AndreyOnana) February 18, 2020
Sometimes you can take shortcuts, but only effort and humility will bring you up to the right way.
Everybody can make mistakes but the most important thing is to change and have a second chance to show that we can all be better people. https://t.co/8TXT9lbacS
He added: “Arhin, keep up the great work.
I’ll send you my signed shirt and gloves. I look forward to seeing you stop more penalties wearing them!