Ghana defender Abdul Baba Rahman has revealed that he nearly quit football in 2019 due to his niggling injuries.
The left-back was on a promising career path when he joined Chelsea in 2015 and was later loaned to Bundesliga side Schalke O4 for the 2016-17 season.
However, Rahman suffered a ligament tear during Ghana’s opening game against Uganda at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
That injury kept him on the sidelines for nearly two years, with the 26-year-old of managing just 25 club games in the last four years.
Currently, on loan at Greek side PAOK, Rahman is aiming to get back to his best and recently played in Ghana’s final AFCON qualifiers against South Africa and Sao Tome and Principe.
In an interview with Football Made in Ghana, the defender said his injury struggles took a toll on him.
Asked if he ever considered quitting football, Rahman said: “Yes, that was in 2019. I just wanted to stop [playing] when I first heard about my injury.
“That was the first time I slept early in my life. Normally, I take time when I go to bed and when I first heard the news, I think I passed out in the next five minutes.
“I just wanted to call it quits but after waking up and making some calls and getting some considerations, I felt I still had a chance and I could still be on the pitch doing what I love.”