15-year-old Ghanaian wonderkid Mijak Asante became a viral sensation when his stunning singles goal for the Golden Kick, a definite Puskas award contender, caused a stir on social media.
But, in reality, teen talent is already on the radar of the top clubs in the world.
Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus are just three of the many teams keeping an eye on the brilliant forward.
Before Mijak scored that goal, we had already shown his highlights – and those of other players – to clubs abroad,” Golden Kick president Joseph Epton told an Accra radio station after his surprise strike.
“But he was the only player we had feedback about.”
While many fans didn’t notice Asante’s talent at first sight, he certainly announced himself to the world with his goal.
Dancing through the mobile phone people defense in a Division Two playoff clash, he overtook the last four defenders before scoring and scoring the keeper.
The last-gasp goal meant the game went into a penalty shootout, which Golden Kick won to earn promotion to Ghana’s top flight.
Asante’s exploits after the match made him a hero. But the confident boy could not understand what the ruckus was.
“I’ve been scoring goals like this all the time,” he said.
he didn’t even fit
Asante started on the bench and was thrown out of the game with minutes to spare.
Immediately, he knew what he had to do.
“I wasn’t quite fit so I started off the bench,” he told Assempa FM full-time.
“While on the bench, I decided to prove my worth even when I got a minute in the game. I knew I wasn’t fit but I needed a minute to work wonders.”
The raft-footed youngster then revealed his joy, but insisted that it was something he had done before.
“I was happy when I scored that goal, but this is not the first time I have scored such a goal,” Asante said.
“It has come about in a public place because of the tension surrounding the game.”
Ghana U17 Recognition
Now, there is an uproar around Asante, it won’t take long to get an international call-up.
Ghana U17 coach Karim Jito is already well aware of the prodigy’s skill set.
“The player is a good technician and he is capable of catching the ball,” Jeeto told Vamputu Sports.
“He needs guidance and needs to be taught how to develop his talent. He is a very good dribbler but he needs to be guided when to dribble and when not to dribble
“I would recommend them to coach the Black Starlets when they start training.”
But for the time being, Asante will keep looking at his idol, French superstar Kylian Mbappe Tips to take.
“I see a lot of players but the one I like the most is Kylian Mbappe,” said Asante joy news.
“I love how straightforward he is with the ball and his pace.
“It’s Mbappe that I really want to play.”
If he plays his cards properly, he could one day play with a PSG hero.