Monday Mar 05, 2018. 13:30
The 19-year-old Sierra Leone goalkeeper Al Hadji Sesay has revealed his ambitions to join one of the top English Premier League sides.
The Leona Stars international, however, says it is much easier for an outfield African player to make it in Europe than it is for a goalkeeper.
He was speaking after signing his first professional football contract with English championship side Bristol City.
He also said that a lack of prominent African goalkeepers in European leagues has made it difficult for younger players to be recognised.
"It's been tough for someone like me who is from Africa to come to a championship club," Sesay is quoted by the BCC.
"Deeply inside it worries me a lot. There was a time when I thought I was not going to make it."
Sesay launched his career in his country with Kallon FC, a team owned by former Sierra Leone and Inter Milan star, Mohammed Kallon.
He then moved to London to join his mother who wanted him to work in a shop and help out with family expenses rather than pursue a football career.
However, he impressed the Bristol City scouts and earned himself a two-year contract with Lee Johnson's team as he chases his dream to play in the Premier League and the European Champions League.
"There are black goalkeepers in other leagues but in the Premier League there are no black African goalkeepers,” he added.
"I am always thinking, am I going to make it or not.Everything has changed. When I came to this country my mother wanted me to work to help her.
“She wanted me to work for a Nigerian shop which sells African food. I went there for one day and said I am not doing that.
"When she found out that Bristol City wanted to sign me she was so happy. Now I take care of her and everything is good."