When Albert Adomah completed Aston Villa’s comeback in a three-goal thriller against Queens Park Rangers in the English Championship, it seemed he had completed his comeback in a dwindling career.
A muted celebration did not do justice to what seemed a vital milestone in the Ghana winger’s career.
He had shone in the past, fallen and risen again.
Adomah has epitomized highly successful American businessman, Les Brown’s words, that ‘Just because fate doesn’t deal you the right cards, it doesn’t mean you should give up’. It just means you have to play the cards you get to their maximum potential.
He was handed the Number 10 shirt for Ghana in 2013, two years after he made his debut for the Black Stars against Brazil but was never the ordinary fan’s favourite player.
Having enjoyed a fairly decent outing for Bristol City in the Championship, Adomah first caught the eye of Kwesi Appiah in 2011. He was the gaffer’s favourite boy when others failed to see the gem in the man.
He later made a bold switch to a promising Middlesbrough side in 2013 but it was his international career that seemed to take a big fall.
Adomah was part of the Ghana team that was humiliated in Brazil 2014 World Cup and was sadly one of the players who never received call ups to the national team ever again.
He has yet to receive a letter with the GFA logo stamped boldly on it but his rise in club football may catch attention soon enough.
He has scored five goals prior to that game against QPR and his two goals against the traditional football side were as crucial to his head coach Steve Bruce as much as they did to Adomah.
“Fair play to Albert Adomah,” Bruce said after Adomah’s heroics against QPR. “He’s got seven goals already from wide areas and he’s done very well. The start of the season he wasn’t in the team. He didn’t moan or groan. He came into my office and said ‘I will prove you wrong’.”
His reaction has been immense and a call-up to the national team may be the icing on the cake for the flying winger.
By Thierry Nyann|3news.com|Ghana