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I sacrifice my one-month salary to play for Ghana – Samuel Inkoom

Former Black Stars player, Samuel Inkoom has chronicled how his commitment to national team duties ended him losing his monthly salary during his days with Ukrainian club Dinipro.

According to the right back, in his quest to sacrifice for the Black Meteors (U-23) team under then coach Kwesi Appiah about 12 years ago he had to trade one-month of his earnings.

Samuel Inkoom became a key figure for FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk of the Ukrainian Premier League in 2011 following his move from Swiss side FC Basel after a three-year spell.

He had joined FC Basel in the Swiss Super League in 2009 for an undisclosed fee from Asante Kotoko.

Speaking in interview on Sports Ultras on Accra-based 3fm monitored by Getsportsgh.com, the Hearts of Oak player said though it was a difficult decision to take, he was not bordered of the consequences because he was being patriotic for his country.

“When I was coming, it was even difficult for me to make that decision. I had to choose between the national team and Dnipro while we were having league games to play. I also wanted Ghana to qualify for the Olympic Games as well. I was born in Ghana, and I would never turn my back to where I came from so, I choose Ghana.

After the assignment, I returned to my club and saw that they had signed three fullbacks in my position implying that I had no chance anymore. It got to a time that I was made aware I wasn’t going to receive a one-month salary, but I agreed because I cherished Ghana.

If I was going to help Ghana qualify for the Olympic Games and lose one month’s salary, I would be okay, but I didn’t know they were going to sign three fullbacks in my position,” Inkoom disclosed.

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Inkoom played his first game for the senior side, the Black Stars, on November 20, 2008, against Tunisia as a sub.

He received his first start for Ghana in the World Cup qualifier against Benin on March 28, 2009, which Ghana won 1–0.

Between 2008 and 2014 the former U-2O FIFA World Cup winner made 44 appearances scoring 1 goal for the Black Stars.

He was part of the Black Satellites team that emerged winners of the 2009 FIFA U-2O World Cup after beating Brazil in a penalty shoot-out.

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