Yeboah made me fall in love with Ghanaian footballers – David James

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Soccer News of Wednesday, 12 October 2016



Dj GhFormer England and Liverpool goalkeeper, David James

Former England and Liverpool goalkeeper David James says the excellence of Tony Yeboah compelled him to follow Ghana Football closely.

James, a former Aston Villa player had an illustrious career in England playing in four FA Cup finals and winning the title with Portsmouth in 2008.

“Yeboah was simply good back then. I played against him in several games during my active days in England and I tell you what he always gave me a reason to follow Ghana Football” James told Henry Asante Twum in an exclusive interview.

“I remember I conceded a goal against Yeboah back in 1995 in the FA cup and I still remember it very well. That goal was unbelievable.

“As a goalkeeper, I felt bad after that game but later when I watched the highlight on Television I gave him credit for doing a great job in that match and henceforth I started to pay attention to players who come from Africa especially Ghana,” David James added.

“I have played against a lot of quality strikers as a goalkeeper. But Tony Yeboah was exemplary. His days at Leeds United was amazing. And I think he was matchless Yeboah joined Leeds United from Eintracht Frankfurt for £3.4 million in January 1995, scoring 32 goals in over 60 appearances and winning the player of the year award in 1996”.

He is revered as a cult hero for Leeds United due to a series of memorable goals he scored during his three year stay at Elland Road David James who won 53 caps for England is in Ghana on a two day Emirates Cup trophy tour as brand ambassador.