Ghanaian teenager Willy Kumado has joined Danish side FC Nordsjælland from Right to Dream.
Kumado joins the Danish giants together with Lasso Coulibaly who after a short wait will become part of our U19 team.
Kumado typically plays at right-back, while Coulibaly houses at midfield. Both can be seen in action on Saturday when our U19 boys play a training match against Vanløse.
Both Willy Kumado and Lasso Coulibaly have been part of Right to Dream for many years, from which they recently graduated. Both look back on a long journey, which now translates into the possibility of committing in Denmark.
”Since I was a little boy, I have had the dream of playing football. Where I come from, you have to be part of an academy to achieve something in football, ”Kumado said.
”So I worked hard to become part of Right to Dream. At the academy in Ghana I got even more opportunities, but I knew that if I came to FC Nordsjælland, it would be an even bigger opportunity for me.
”At Right to Dream I worked really hard, and did my things right, and therefore it became possible for me to come here, says Kumado, which Coulibaly can relate to:
”It had been a long journey. I have had good and bad moments. When I came to Right to Dream, I did not know that many, so it was not easy. It made me have some challenges.
”But when you know what you are there for and what you want to achieve – and I knew that – then there are no excuses. I had to push my chest forward and get to know the others, and that helped me get over my challenges.
”But my time at Right to Dream was really good and I learned a whole lot about myself as a person. They have made me who I am today and I am very grateful for that. So I would like to take this opportunity to thank Right to Dream. Their vision is incredibly influential and it will only get better in the future.
”I have worked really hard for where I am today, so I am proud of myself and I do not regret anything.
It has been clear to the boys for some time that they should move to FC Nordsjælland and Denmark, so it is a nice feeling for them to finally be here.
”It’s great to be here. I’ve been looking forward to it for a long time, so it means a lot. I have known all the players here for a long time because of the international academy, so it is great to finally be with them again, says Willy.
”It’s a good feeling. I have been here many times of course, but it is nice to finally be here to stay. I know a lot of the people here, so it’s nothing new to me, and I’m already used to the environment and the people here in the club, Lasso explains.
Kumado is primarily housed on the pitch, but over time at Right to Dream he has played several different positions on the field.
”When I started at Right to Dream, I played in midfield. But because of my abilities, I was put back in central defense. After a few years there, I have now been moved out on the hill.
”One of my qualities is my speed, but I’m not that fast either. You can probably say that I am rap-footed, because I do not feel that I am really fast. In my head, people like Atanga and Adama Traore are fast, but I’m not that fast anyway, Kumado laughs and continues:
”Besides that, my posts and my 1-on-1 situations are also some of my qualities, says the Ghanaian,” the Ghanaian international concluded.