In Mexico, football is played in Spanish. There is a necessity to find both your feet and tongue in the Liga MX as do former Ghana youth midfield star, Clifford Aboagye.
This is just one of many thinly veiled criticisms leveled against foreign players who ply their trade in the North America about their linguistic abilities.
But this is not the case for Ghanaian midfielder Clifford Aboagye who is ‘fairly’ eloquent in the Spanish language. The pint-size attacking midfielder grasped the language whilst playing for Spanish Segunda Division side, Granada.
However, Aboagye tried to take some of his teammates at Atlas FC through a ‘Ga’ test but they unsurprisingly failed. Ga is a local language spoken in the south-eastern part of Ghana, in and around the capital Accra. It has relatively little dialectal variation. Although English is the dominant language of Ghana, Ga is one of the over 16 languages in which the Bureau of Ghana Languages publishes materials in.
The 23-year-old’s Atlas FC teammates tried to turn the tide when they put him to test in ‘Yucatec Maya’ language which he failed woefully just as his teammates did in his local dialect. The ‘Yucatec Maya’ language is spoken by over three quarters of a million people in Mexico.
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