Samuel Obeng Gyabaah keeps climbing up the ladder of progression and is violently knocking at the first team door for his Spanish second tier side Real Oviedo.
The striker was part of the Black Meteors that failed twice to clinch a Tokyo 2020 Olympic ticket first losing to neighbours Ivory Coast through penalty shoot out and repeated the penalty loss against South Africa in the third place play off game.
"In the African Cup U23, at the group level we were one step away from elimination from the Games. On a personal level, it has been better than I expected," said the striker in Sports COPE Asturias, in an interview in Cafeteria La Paloma restaurant.
"We have played against 70,000 fans. I was focused on the game. I found out after the game the number of people in the stands watching. In these situations, I move forward," Obeng says. "It was an extra motivation to know that the people of Oviedo were aware of what I was doing."
The blue player describes his arrival in Oviedo as "an immense joy." "What I had in my mind was to make a breakthrough to the senior team. Last year they had a great team and I still didn't see myself to be an important player in the subsidiary. But Egea got me up. At first, I was nervous but I I adapted well. The call for Riazor was very big. Together with the African Cup, it was my most important moment so far, "he said.
"Now we are in a difficult situation, but in the face of adversity we have to be calm. I am prepared. I have become a player with more confidence because of what the tournament gave me," says Obeng, who aims to make a breakthrough in the Oviedo first team.
At the moment, I have another year contract for another season in Vetusta, with the relevant clauses to get the final promotion.
Coach Javi Rozada has him: "The championship in Africa has raised confidence levels. He has conditions that are good for us. We are very happy with him and we believe he will be important for us."