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Inkoom surprised with 40 cap milestone

Was it not just yesterday he played his first game for Ghana? Defender Samuel Inkoom says he is pleasantly surprised that he has won a 40th cap for the Stars.

"So soon? 40 caps? Wow," he exclaimed, when supersport.com reminded him of how far he has come in the national team.

The defender reached the number during Friday’s 3-1 win over Sudan in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.

Samuel Inkoom's marauding runs down the right for Kotoko in the local Ghanaian top flight made him one of the most lethal in his position and his callup into the national team was simply a matter of course.

"I remember when I got the call that Milovan Rajevac wants me in the Black Stars. I almost cried!" he tells supersport.com.

Within a year, he had become a veritable option for team selection at right back and right wing-back.

"It was really after the Under 20 World Cup that things started becoming better for me for the national team."

Having made his senior debut in November 2008, a trip to the World Youth Championships a year later cemented his reputation as an outstanding option to the then flying John Pantsil. The competition, which Ghana won, toughened Inkoom.

"I cannot forget that tournament. It made me want to taste wins over and over and over again."

By this time, Inkoom was playing for the local component (CHAN) of the national team. Rajevac, whose eye for talent became well known, felt the soon-to-be European-based player could be more than a right back.

Over the years, the former Basel and Dnipro player has made the World Cup and three African Cup teams under three different Ghana coaches.

"Apart from grace, it is hard work. It has not been easy because you see, pleasing every new coach is not easy. Everyone has a new playing style so you have to work hard."

He told supersport.com that although he is "happy", nothing would make him happier than "achieving more for the nation especially a trophy."

Inkoom came on in the first half as a sub to help Ghana go top of Group D provisionally.


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