Gov’t stopped us from making good money in the USA-Mohammed Polo

Ghana and Hearts of Oak legend, Mohammed Polo has revealed they were denied the chance to ply their trade in the USA.

This he said has denied them from earning good money that could have changed their fortunes by the government.

Polo said he and former teammate Peter Lamptey were among a few lucky ones to have had the opportunity to play football outside Ghana but were denied with no justifiable reason by the state.

Footballers in the local scene were mostly seen as immature to play football professionally but Polo and Lamptey were on the verge of breaking the jinx but were denied.

“Peter Lamptey and I got a professional contract in the U.S.A. Government, however, prevented us from moving”, the 1978 AFCON winner told

“No tangible reason was given; we were just told to stay in Ghana and play football. I was young then, but Peter Lamptey’s case was pathetic because he was nearing his retirement age.”

It was until the early 1990s that Ghanaian footballers were able to pursue their careers abroad, notably in European countries.

Wilberforce Mfum, Sam Acquah, Ibrahim Sunday, and Abdul Razark were some of the early Ghanaians who had the chance to play outside the country.


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