German born Ghanaian footballer Kofi Beti Mensah (21) discusses playing for the Black Stars one day; life in Germany; and his dream to play for Hamburger SV.
Hamburg is the second-largest city in Germany. It is home to over 1.8 million people. Kofi Beti Mensah popularly known as Komix lives in Hamburg with his mother. Kofi is the son of Emmanuel Danso, who used to play football in Germany’s lower divisions in the early 90′s.
”I was born and raised in Germany and currently live with my mum in Hamburg. My dad lives in Amsterdam and I visit him every summer. I have 3 brothers; 2 of them also play football; and 3 lovely sisters. FC Berekum Chelsea midfielder Jackson ‘Akwasi Motto’ Owusu is my brother. I studied Business Management at Berufliche Schule H20 Hamburg and will start a Sports Management Program this summer.”
Midfield General turned defender
TuS Germania Schnelsen of 1921 eV right back, Komix, is a no-nonsense tackler with a fierce shot and a great passing range. He joined the club last year and has not missed a game this season; making 19 appearances for his club and 2 assists. Kofi has played in midfield for his previous employers – Hamburger SV (HSV) Juniors, Eintracht Norderstedt, SC Langehorn, Niendorf TSV, Camlica Genclik and Henstedt – Ulsburg – but his new coach Florian Gossow has brought out the best in him. Florian Gossow switched Kofi into defence, a move that has highlighted the qualities of the player. Kofi has played in several positions but now feels at home at right back.
”I have been playing football since my childhood. I played football with my friends. Football makes me happy. I still remember my first 3 goals in a junior game. I can’t describe the feeling. Football is my life. My time at Henstedt – Ulsburg was a great experience. I have a lot of family there but my relationship with coach Florian Gossow has really helped me.”
Komix is currently plying his trade in the Oberliga Hamburg (Hamburg-Liga), the fifth tier of the German football but hopes to make it big one day. His side, Germania Schnelsen, have won just 4 times this season.
”Ronaldo was my idol when growing up and I also admire Jordan Ayew. I want to reach the top and be strong like my brother (Jackson Owusu). I really wanted to see more of him at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa but I am happy he scored 2 goals yesterday”
”I would love to play for HSV, FC St.Pauli or Ajax Amsterdam one day. I hope to rejoin HSV very soon and play with my very good friend Kevin Ingreso who is now at VfR Neumünster in the Regionalliga Nord. I see myself playing for Ghana’s Black Stars with Jackson. I just pray I get my chance one day.”