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Fishing and Football

Akintunde Akinleye/Twenty Ten

A feature from the Soccer World Cup 2010: Ghana

Location: Ghana

In cities and rural areas all over Africa football talent, yet undiscovered, is waiting to be unearthed. Here football is not only a means of entertainment, but also a ticket to a better life. To excel in soccer at a national level is not only to become a hero to your own people, but it may also pave the way to international stardom and overwhelming fortune, a fortune that will flow back into your local community.

Jamestown fishing village, the original heart of Ghana's capital city, Accra, is just such a community, where aspirant young players vie for attention in the hope that they too may become the next Michael Essien.

Fishing is a major economic mainstay of the Ga people - the first traditional settlers of Accra, Ghana - and has been a way of life since they first settled here in the sixteenth century.

Emmanuel Lattey is one 17-year old hopeful living in Jamestown. Nigerian photographer, Akintunde Akinleye, spent days with him and other local footballers, playing on the sea shore between fishing trips out to sea, which is the traditional livelihood of this community.

Lattey knows fishing as a way of life having accompanied his father out to sea since he was eight-years-old. But his dream is football! Emmanuel joined a local football club, Kindoku FC in March 2002 and hopes to turn professional soon having had some trials in bigger club like Liberty professionals FC where Micheal...

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