Boateng explains Mazembe move


ACCRA — Ghana defender Richard Kissi Boateng has explained that his move to Democratic Republic of Congo giants TP Mazembe was due to the urge for a new challenge.


After playing consistently for Berekum Chelsea in the Ghana Premier League, the right-back accepted overtures from the Ravens.

“As a player, you have to be open to things that are going on outside and you must face challenges in football,” he said.

The player, who featured for the national team at the last African Cup in South Africa, moved to Central Africa in January. He was part of the squad of Ravens that featured in the just-ended President’s Cup.

“I wanted to challenge myself and test my football muscles to see how good I am. I needed to find out how I could improve my life and my career”, Boateng added.

That quest has seen him get starts in the local Congolese league and the African Champions League, but on his return to Ghana he suffered some ignominy when he missed a penalty that contributed to Mazembe’s loss to Hearts of Oak.

“It has not been bad in Congo so far. Life there has been fine, but I am there to play football so I always try to look at that. I worked hard to get into the first team and I constantly tried to improve myself. Everything has gone on smoothly for me, I must say.”

The Congolese club,two-time Champions League winners in 2009 and 2010, are training in Ghana ahead of the crunch Caf Confederations Cup game with ES Setif in three weeks.