From the streets of Ashanti Region of Ghana came Latif Salifu, a talent who sought to become the next big thing on the local and foreign front.
Salifu’s formative years started in Buokrom Zongo before journeying to Dunkwa in the Central Region to play for the now defunct Starke FC, then in the national Division Two League.
After an impressive spell with Starke fc, one of the strongest ever production line for Ghana’s various national team, Liberty Professionals snapped him up.
The now Division One club offered a perfect platform for his fast rise which eventually landed the smallish winger in the national U-20 team.
Salifu would not be a regular member of the U-20 side but certainly remained in the Ghana side that conquered Africa and the World in 2009.
Ghana swept the board in all the youth competitions continentally and globally by annexing the WAFU Tournament in Nigeria.
The team followed it up with the AFCON glory in Rwanda before capping it with the global success in Egypt after beating power house, Brazil via penalty shootouts which became Ghana and Africa’s first ever trophy.
Salifu recounts those historic moments: “I remember the team I joined in the U-20, I watched them play in the U-17 when I was with Starke FC in Dunkwa.
“It was an honour and a very great feeling to be part of the team to play in Africa and the world.” Latifu Salifu told Radio Gold Sports.
Latif Salifu previously played for Ghanaian clubs Liberty Professionals, Berekum Chelsea, Medeama and King Faisal with a spell at Ivory Coast club, AS Tanda in between.