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The striker wants to get back to action after a long injury layoff but says age is not on his side

Opoku Agyemang is fondly remembered in Ghana for his participation at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations in Angola, as the Black Stars reached the final and narrowly lost to Egypt.

Agyemang sustained a career-threatening knee injury one month after the tournament while playing for club side Al Sadd SC in the Asian Champions League.

Nine years have passed by with the striker still on the sidelines, yearning for football action on the pitch.

“I have been out for nine years. I have always felt confident that I will recover fully an

Football as a vehicle of soft power for Middle Eastern oil states is no longer a novelty.

We’ve got used to Manchester City splashing the cash of the Sheikh Mansour. Manchester United’s official financial services partner is from Dubai, and a Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund is reportedly backing FIFA’s plans for an expanded Club World Cup.

Qatar, meanwhile, has plastered its name across Barcelona’s shirt, funded the mind-boggling project at PSG and will host the next World Cup. Les Parisiens’ club president and Qatari government minister Nasser al-Khelaifi is even a member of UEFA’s Executive Committee.

When we think of this phenomenon, our focus is usually on the very highest level of the world game, the few Western European super clubs regularly competing in the latter stages of the Champions League. If you have the money, it is the perfect place to maximise international impact.

Yet while the glamour and bright lights of top-level competition might draw the attention, the financial influence of the Gulf States is also spreading outside the big European leagues.

In Egypt this season, the emergence of the Saudi-backed Pyramids FC has transformed the football landscape, bringing money, players, conflict and controversy. It’s quite a story.

d play again. I’m still on rehabilitation full of hope that I return soon,” he told Starr FM.

“Growing up, I had dreams of playing top level football. I will be 30 in June (2019) and I have given up on that because the agents shy away, saying age is not on my side, coupled with the fact that I have been out for over eight years.

“I will not give up on playing again until I finally feel there is no chance. Only then I will announce the end of my playing career,” he said.

Agyemang also played for Ghana’s U17 team and won the 2009 Fifa U20 World Cup with the Black Satellites in Egypt.
 
“I love to play football. It is my source of happiness and I give it my all.”

Ghana will camp in Doha, Qatar for a month before travelling to Egypt for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations which kicks off on June 21.

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