RABAT, August 22, 2019 – In just under a year one’s whole life could change. It seems a bit cliche, but that is the story of Elvis Baffour, a Ghanaian U-20 player currently with the Black Satellites at the Africa Games in Morocco.
Baffour can attest to the fact that he has been on an upward trajectory this past year. Unfortunately, life threw some lemons at him when he least expected it. The former Unity player picked up a calf tear on the verge of the team’s departure for the 2019 U-20 Africa Cup of Nations in Niger and was made to leave camp with the coach not wanting to ‘risk’ emplaning him.
It was a heart wrenching moment for the midfielder trying to overcome the fact that he had lost a great opportunity. Some football fanatics felt the coach should have kept him in the team despite the knock. ‘If only Elvis was fit’, was a recurring thought following Ghana’s exit from the competition.
Prior to 2018, Elvis Baffour was an unknown name in the Ghanaian football circles. He was hustling in Kumasi, to realize his dream of becoming a professional football player.
Elvis had spells with some football teams, Adamu Stars, a division two club, which is in the third tier football competition in Ghana. He progressed to Unity FC, a division one football club, a step closer to his dream of premiership football. However nothing is ever guaranteed in the life of a footballer. Since a lot of players have rotted in the lower leagues and never made it to top flight football.
Things took a swift turn for Elvis, under the scorching sun on a community pitch in Kumasi, Elvis’ good decision-making skills in front of the post, and ability to dazzle with his feet caught the attention of scouts. In no time, Elvis was leaving his family, his life in Kumasi to start afresh a new life in unchartered waters. The 20-year-old soon started turning heads in his new team, Liberty Professionals, a club in Ghana’s Premier League that has nurtured African renowned football names like Asamoah Gyan, Michael Essien, Kwadwo Asamaoh.
Hence it was no surprise when Elvis got his first call up to Ghana’s U-20 men’s national team after his exploits at his club. He dazzled Ghanaians and has, in the process, become an integral part of the youth team. He was the stand out star in the U-20 AFCON qualifiers.
A trip down memory lane, Baffour was a lad in Kumasi trying to make something of his talent just over year ago. Now things are actually shaping up for him as he is currently with the Black Satellites team at the ongoing African Games and under the radar of the Ghana U-23 Men’s National Team.
Although the Satellites were beaten Senegal, Elvis Baffour is quite confident the team would bounce back to make a last four appearance. Elvis looks up to Frenchman Dimitri Payet as his role model. His dream is to be able to get to the top in order to take care of his family. It seems Elvis Baffour is just on track.