Former Ghana international Mathew Amoah has opened up about how playing for his national side contributed to poor from during his short spell at German Bundesliga side Dortmund.
The former Vitesse Arnhem striker joined Dortmund half way through the 2005/06 season after a good run of form that saw him score 9 times in 18 appearances in the Dutch league. However, his stay with the Yellow and Black could yield the expected results after an aggravated injury he suffered playing for Ghana at the 2006 African Cup of Nations.
“My time in Dortmund was very hard at the beginning. I was at the Africa Cup and came back with a knee injury, so I struggled. I had already picked up the injury in my last game for Vitesse,” the 40-year-old told Goal.com
“After I signed, I wanted to play quickly, so I started training early and injured myself again – on the same knee. So I travelled to Egypt battered, where the problems came back. The directors of course were not pleased, but Bert van Marwijk told me that I should take my time,” he added
According to Mathew Amoah who scored 12 times for Ghana in 45 matches, the exit of then Dortmund coach Bert van Marwijk from his role was the beginning of the end for him at the club.
“When van Marwijk left, my problems really started. The people in charge had me removed from the squad because it was van Marwijk who had signed me. They didn’t want to use a player who was explicitly wanted and brought in by him.
“Michael Zorc was always nice to me. It was the people who were above him. They wanted me to leave. When you hear something like that, everything is crystal clear.”
Amoah returned to the Dutch league to sign for NAC Breda where scored 34 times in over 100 appearances for the side. He went on to play for Heerenveen and Heracles Almelo before hanging his boots.