- Mohammed Salisu became the first defender to score for Ghana in World Cup history
- The 23-year-old guardsman broke the deadlock in the Black Stars' South Korea thriller
- The Southampton centre-half will marshal the defence against Uruguay on December 2
An inspiring photo has surfaced onlone of Mohammed Salisu, playing football on a grassless pitch in Ghana during his formative years.
Salisu has been a barrier in the defence for the Ghana national team at the 2022 World Cup, and capped his valiant display with a goal as the Black Stars sealed an epic 3-2 victory over South Korea.
However, a few years earlier, the 22-year-old Southampton guardsman was playing football on sandy pitches in Sabon Zongo, a suburb of Kumasi, Ghana's second-largest city.
In a photo shared on social media, seen by Sports Brief, Salisu posed for pictures with his teammates in green jerseys prior to a kickabout in his neighbourhood.
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The photo, since shared by Southampton FC on Twitter, has gone viral while inspiring many social media users.
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The centre-back opened the scoring for the West African nation, who secured a 3-2 victory in a thrilling contest at the Education City Stadium in Al Rayyan.
A brace from Mohammed Kudus - despite a double from South Korea's Cho Gue-sung - ensured the Black Stars climbed to the second spot in Group H.
Salisu, Muntari plays street ball
Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Mohammed Muntari and Salisu will represent Qatar and Ghana respectively, at the upcoming FIFA World Cup in the Middle East.
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A few years ago however, the duo played street football in Sabon Zongo, a suburb of Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
The duo have since found an upward trajectory in their careers, from the days of honing their skills in Kumasi to leaving the shores of Ghana and playing internationally.
Source: Sports Brief News