Accam dedicates Player of the Week performance to his late dad after outpacing compatriots Afful and Mensah

Ghanaian winger David Accam put last season’s miseries and the demise of his dad behind him to register a Player of the Week performance as he scored two goals and assisted another when Philadelphia Union dispatched Columbus Crew 3-0 in the fourth week of the 2019 Major League Soccer (MLS) season.

Accam did this in style when he outpaced his Ghanaian compatriots Harrison Afful and Jonathan Mensah to register his first two goals of the season. And of course, he did this as a befitting dedication to his father who passed last week.

Accam said after the game that: “It feels great for me, personally, I’ve had a tough time on and off the field. Today is amazing to get my first two goals in a home game for the club.”

According to the winger, Philadelphia Union wanted to give him a compassionate leave to go and mourn his dad, but he told them “this was the only thing that gives me joy.”

“It’s tough going home. So I left everything on the field. I put my emotions and everything it would take to give the club.”

Accam who was overcome by emotion celebrated his goals by pointing to the heavens, dropping to his knees on the first one.

“It wasn’t planned,” Accam said of his celebration. “I just scored and everything just came out. I felt emotional and I knew my dad was watching this game wherever he is.”

Accam was planning to invite his father to watch him play in the MLS but that was never materialized. “He didn’t [get to see me play]. That’s why I’m really sad because I was planning to bring him here this year to watch some of our games,” Accam said. “But unfortunately it didn’t happen. So today was for him.”

The Ghanaian did not have a good first season with the Union and is hopeful that this season will be a completely different story.

“[The Union have] given me a chance and they’ve been patient with me with all these injuries and what happened last year. I just want to be here and help the club.

“I feel much better than I was last year. I can sprint with less or no pains and I feel more flexible and looser in the hips. I feel much, much better than I was last year”, he added.
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