Irish/Ghanaian Catholic Missionary, Founder of Lepers Aid Committee and Parish Priest of Christ the King Catholic church in Accra, Rev. Fr. Andrew Campbell has revealed that apart from his love for God’s work, he is very passionate about football.
He shares that right from childhood, he has loved to play and follow football. “I played football everyday on the streets and followed through even in the seminary. We played every day in the seminary. If it rained or snowed or the sun was shining, it didn’t matter. Everybody went out and we played football. I have always enjoyed playing football. I used to go out with my daddy to watch football matches every Sunday”, he told YFM’s Akosua Hanson on the Y Leaderboard Series.
It was during this interview that he revealed that he has always been a fan of Manchester United. He says, “And then of course, I grew up loving Manchester United. One of the nicest things was that when I was leaving for the seminary, I met all the Manchester United players. It was wonderful. I still have those photographs of them”.
Sharing his own experience with playing football, Father Campbell related: “I founded a football team called Rios Santos. The Brazilian ambassador gave us a present of football shirts, boots and everything. We used to play and I had a VW car and it’s amazing how many people you can fit into it. We used to go to different places to go train with the boys in the prisons and others. I have always liked football”. Father Campbell notes that up till this day, he enjoys football.
Father Campbell, who is from Dublin, Ireland, arrived in Ghana on 13 October 1971. He has acquired Ghanaian citizenship and also formed the Lepers Aid Committee to raise funds for cured lepers.
By: Alberta Dorcas N D Armah