The 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup golden shoe award winner grabbing his debut goal in the Super League on Sunday to deny FC Basel in a 2-2 draw at the St. Jakob-Park.
Earning a place in the FC Sion first team squad needed to be proven with his scoring gift and ability and the 20-year-old did that by netting 9 times in 4 games for the U21s.
The former Liberty Professionals discusses his Ghana dreams and also speaks about the influence of Ghanaian compatriot Ishmael Yartey.
How do you take your debut goal and it coming against a top club like Basel?
“It was a great moment for me to come off the bench to score the equaliser because just some few days back, they had beaten us at home and we travelled down there and me scoring the leveller was great for me. They have a strong and big pedigree.”
How tough is the Swiss League?
“Its very competitive and strong to play in and the clubs here are top clubs and serious with things. And being my first time as a professional it makes it different because I have to work hard to prove myself.”
You had to play for the U21s before you had the chance in the first team.
“Yes I had to play for them because I’m new here but everybody here likes me. I had to prove to the people here that I’m good and I can do it. When I came on in the second half against Lausanne Sport, I put in a strong performance and I think that was good.”
So how many goals have you targeted in your first season?
“I can’t really predict the number of goals I’ll score but all I will say is that I’ll work hard and see how things go at the end of the season.”
You proved yourself at the FIFA U20 World Cup winning the top-scorer award. Do you feel you are ready for the Black Stars?
“I think its just a matter of bidding my time because the Black Stars is a top level and its not easy to walk into the squad. Getting there demands a lot of hard work and dedication and if the coach thinks I’m good enough he will invite me.”
Ishmael Yartey has been in Switzerland for effectively two seasons, how has he helped you since you arrived at the club?
“Yartey has been of very good help to me since I came here. He has been a professional player for a very long time and knows his way round. He’s taken me as a junior brother and directs my steps and I’m very grateful. He’s really made me feel at home here.”
Assifuah thank you very much for your time.
“You are welcome bro.”