I Nearly Ventured Into Taxi Driving – Latif Blessing
Ghanaian international Latif Blessing has revealed that he nearly ventured into taxi driving following a failed move to Asante Kotoko. Blessing, 21, is rated as one of the best forwards to have ever graced the Ghana Premier League.
The former Liberty Professionals ace, who emerged as the top goal scorer in the 2015/16 Ghana Premier League season, has been impressive since joining MLS side Los Angeles.
“I went to Kotoko for justify after someone recommended me to them, for two days, they didn’t even let me train but what broke my heart is that the jersey I wore was taken from me and was given to another player so I had to sit bare-chested. I regretted and thought I wasn’t good enough so told my mum to buy a taxi for me to drive”.
However, Blessing has also threatened to switch nationality over lack of Black Stars call-up.
Blessing is currently embarking on an Adidas-sponsored project to build a football pitch for the youth of his hometown, Nankese, a village in the Suhum-Kraboa-Coaltar District of Ghana. He helped Los Angeles FC to finish third in the Western Conference of the MLS, scoring 5 goals in 30 appearances.
Blessing was born in Nankese, a small village in the Suhum-Kraboa-Coaltar District in southeast Ghana, and in 2013 joined the Liberty Professionals youth team in Accra. He soon was promoted to the senior side for the Ghana Premier League but mainly appeared on the bench for the side. Blessing received good reviews for his performance during a Premier League match against Asante Kotoko on 21 June 2015. During the match, he scored in the 21st minute to equalize for Liberty Professionals before he provided two assists that lead his side to a 3–1 victory.
During the 2016 season, Blessing scored six goals in his first eight games. He would go on to finish the season as the top scorer in the league with 17 goals, after his hat-trick on the final day of the season against Bechem United. His performance during the season was recognized in December 2016 when Blessing won the best player of the league award by the Ghana Football Association.