In an exclusive interview with goal.com, former Ghanaian international Derek Owusu Boateng disclosed that representing Ghana at the 2010 World Cup remains one of his highest moments in his football career. He said, “playing at the World Cup in 2010 and reaching the quarter-final is among my highest. The first tournament in Germany would be more special because that was our first World Cup. It was crazy and we really loved it. We were in the group with the Czech Republic, the USA and Italy”.
“When the USA coach (Bruce Arena) was interviewed, he said he had only two games to play in the group stage which were against Czech and Italy. He said he did not care about us (Ghana) because for us he knew he was going to pick the three points against us. After we won the game, we felt so good.” He added.
According to Derek Owusu Boateng, playing for the national team offered him the more joy even though he earned more money in Europe. “In Europe, they paid us a lot of money. With the national team, you don’t receive that kind of money like you do at your club side but the joy in it is unbelievable. I played about 46 games for the Black Stars and I don’t know which one to choose as the most special. All games were special for me.”
Derek Boateng was part of Ghana’s team that came second in the 2001 FIFA Youth World Cup hosted in Argentina, the Ghanaian team in both the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup.