New England Soccer Today

Postcard: Northeastern Keeper Gives it a Go in Ghana

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

Photo credit: Chris Aduama/

(Editor’s note: photographer Chris Aduama recently traveled to his native Ghana with his son, Jacob, who suited up for the Northeastern men’s soccer team between 2012-15, to get a glimpse of the soccer scene in Accra. Below is an account of one of the matches Jacob participated in.)

By Christian N. Aduama

ACCRA – GHANA: Northeastern University Graduate (’15) and former goalkeeper captain of the men’s soccer team Jacob Aduama (Boston), who has been training in Accra, Ghana, had a chance to play in a match at a field near Ghana Atomic Energy Commission in Kwabenya near Accra last week.

His team – DIL Sports Academy – took on Proud United S/C in a lengthy match that lasted two hours fifteen minutes. DIL scored first at the 25th minute. The visiting team – Proud United S/C – evened the score ten minutes before half time on a set piece due to lack of communication between keeper Aduama and his wall. The equalizer rejuvenated Proud United to put the pressure on the home team until the end of first half.

The second half saw both teams struggling a little bit after an hour and 20 continues play. Both teams brought in substitution including one for Academy keeper Aduama at the nineteen minutes into the second half. The winning goal of the match came to the visiting through penalty kick when Proud United player was brought down in the box thirty minutes into the second half.

DIL Sports Academy had enough chances to even the score and win the match for three points. After the match the home team coach Mr. Alex Ayeh – who is a dedicated volunteer coach -expressed his dissatisfaction on the lack of concentration of the Academy players.

The DIL Sports Academy players consists of youths from some of the areas in the Ghanaian Capital who love the game of soccer, but are struggling on the streets. About a year and a half ago, Mr. Richard Nortey started DIL Sports Academy to get some of the youths off the streets into a structured environment. With the help of Coach Alex Ayeh and Mr. Bernard Opoku three of youths have already moved to regular soccer leagues in and around the city of Accra.

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