When Alfred Nelson lashed in the final goal which buried Kotoko on Sunday, fans were bemused by his ‘fishy’ reaction.
Those who watched the game at the Carl Reindorf Park felt the player was simply thrilled about scoring against the mighty Porcupine Warriors. But that was not the sole reason.
“My senior brother had called me before the game,” the defender told Joy Sports after the game. “He told me that if I scored, he would surprise me. But then if I don’t score, then I had to send him to our favourite tilapia joint!”
According to him, a mutual love of tilapia with his brother usually lead to these spicy bets now and again.
“I knew I was going to score because it was a challenge and anytime I do that with him, I always score. So when I was playing, I knew I was owing at the back of my mind and I needed to pay!”
It’s been a tough few weeks for the youngster, who was part of Ghana’s local Black Stars team that performed poorly at the recent COSAFA Cup tournament in South Africa. The bet, and the subsequent goal, were just the hook he needed.
“I was not surprised because I was desperate and hungry for a goal and it happened. So it was a good thing,” he said.
It is, however, not clear if Liberty Professionals will be making more tilapia available to the player to get more goals out of him. That will get his seal of approval, for sure.