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Albert Adomah © Gallo Images

Iconic jersey gives Adomah no pressure

Abedi Pele. Stephen Appiah. Charles Akunnor. Ghana's 'number 10' jersey has always carried something special with it.

And the list of players who have worn it makes for impressive reading, but Albert Adomah says he is just fine with being saddled with the number.

"Of course I am delighted that I am wearing the number 10 jersey because great players like Abedi Pele has worn it and he is one of the most known African players around the world and he is a great legend. And his son has worn the shirt likewise Stephen Appiah, so many great players," he said on Wednesday evening.

The 25-year-old takes over from Andre Ayew to don the jersey. Ayew, who is out due to injury, followed Kwadwo Asamoah's refusal to continue using the number, due to what was widely believed to be the pressure to perform.

"I mean that is the thing with Ghana, when you have the number it is supposed to play in your position. That is, if you have the number 2 you are playing right defence, if you have number 4 you are playing central defence. Number ten is a playmaker, if you have number 9, then it is a striker and so on."

Adomah dispelled any notions that the jersey will have an effect on him. "...it really doesn’t matter about number, it is about what you can do on the pitch like Asamoah Gyan wears number three but he is not a defender."

"So I look at it as no pressure, it is just a number but at the same time I know great players have worn that number which is a privilege to wear that number, ten, without a doubt. But at the same time I know I am a winger, even for the club I play for I don’t wear number 7 I wear number 27."

"I know it is a number and a privilege to wear that number but at the same time I don’t feel no pressure."


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