In our first exclusive interview, Sandals For Goalposts had the opportunity to dish a few questions to David Appiah, a 17 year-old attacking midfielder currently plying his trade with modest Parma in Serie A, about life in Italy, the differences between Italian and Ghanaian football, the promising state of the Ghana national team and plenty more:
Tell us a little about your career so far. Which team did you play for back in Ghana and how did you get to Parma?
Back in Ghana, football was not so much of a big deal due to schooling. My Dad was very hard on my academia, so I never really had the chance to play for any club, just played for the school team and trained with a local club called Liberty. By the grace of God, I was spotted by a Ghanaian agent who gave me the opportunity to go for trials in Italy.
Tell us about the type of player you are. What are your strengths? Which footballers have you been compared to?
I am an offensive midfielder, basically a distributor, most websites and the Ghanaian media have linked me to ex-Ghana skipper Stephen Appiah, not basically because of the style of play but due to the name we bear: “Appiah”.
How have you adapted to life in Italy; can you speak Italian? Do you eat Italian food?
Been in Italy for a very long time, it wasn’t easy at the start but, by the grace of God, I’ve adapted very well and, yes, I speak Italian and I do eat Italian food – you have no option once you’re there.