Sometimes you see it coming, other times you don’t. Pursue one great decisive aim with force and determination. RICHARD ADJEI popularly known as SISQO is yet another figure worthy of notice. As a youngster hovering in the streets of Accra, he was destined to begin the journey to stardom in 2001. He started training with Mr. Edmund Zankoh of Real Ambassadors for the first month and moved to join Tema Juvenile Stars now Youth Hockey Club. Being the only team player from Accra at the time, he often missed practices with the team at Tema, yet he was selected to play in matches because of the uniqueness of his style of play. His two seasons in the Tema Juvenile stars were fantastic, as they won the league and the champion of champions.
In his third year of play, he was amongst the only three juvenile players who were promoted to play the Elite League. He joined the then famous Kingsticks Hockey Club managed by Mr. Richmond Attipoe a.k.a ‘Minor’ now of Exchequers Hockey Club. He was the youngest player in the Elite League by then but with determination and a strong sense of purpose, he played in all league matches including indomitable sides Exchequers and Trustees.
Sisqo, moved to Trustees Hockey Club of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust(SSNIT) in 2005 while in High School at Osu-Presec. He never forsakes the nurturing he had from Coach Edmund Ayertey and Mr. Henry Fynn of blessed memory who was also known as Peedoo. After playing five seasons for Trustees, he moved to Golden Sticks Hockey Club of Ghana Commercial Bank for a short while and moved back to Trustees, where he played two more seasons.
Currently, he is the playmaker for the Inspirational Ghana Police Service Hockey Team where he has been in the past four years. The Police Team are the winners of the 2016 Greater Accra Hockey League.
Richard had his first international exposure in 2008 where he travelled with the National Under 21 side to Egypt, Cairo. The team had a bronze medal to their credit. His passion for the game grew at this moment. The following year, the said team was invited to an FIH 5 nation invitational tournament including Egypt, Russia, Italy and Pakistan. They placed third as well.
He played his first Africa Cup for Club Champions with Golden Sticks in 2010; he went on to play for the senior national team in 2011 Olympics Qualifier in Zimbabwe. He also played in the ACCC that same year in Zambia for Trustees. He played a major role again in the Africa Cup of Nations and World league series in Nairobi, Kenya in 2013 and 2014 respectively. He appeared in South Africa for Olympics Qualifier in 2015 and the most memorable of all is the just ended 2016 World League Round One where Ghana made it to compete in Bangladesh for the Round Two.
All our problems and all our unhappiness are created by our uncontrolled mind and our non-virtuous actions, but even in adversity we must still persevere. Richard’s saddest moment in his hockey career is when after moving from Trustees to Golden Sticks, he missed a crucial penalty stroke which made Golden Sticks dish out the league title to Trustees . His ever happy moment also was when he became the first Ghanaian hockey player to register a goal against South Africa in Kenya in 2013 at the senior level in the last decade. He scored a brace in that particular match.
All professionals boast, but the teacher taught them all. Thanks to all Coaches with development at heart. Coach Edmund Odammetey according to Richard Adjei has played a very significant role in his hockey career. The numerous advice and countless scoldings has brought him this far. David Nene Gabblah of Trustees and Ghana Navy and Joseph Appiah (Shamo) formerly of Golden Sticks and nowof Exchequers, have been role models for Sisqo for a long while. Nene and Shamo are credited in the books of Sisqo for his envious skillful play.
Richard Adjei signed for an Italian side named HC ERNUSCO in 2012. All was set for him to depart the shores of Ghana on the 25th September, 2012. Fortunately or Unfortunately, he received a letter from the Ghana Police Service to report to training school on the 15th of the same month and year.
Richard chose the POLICE SERVICE ahead of HC ERNUSCO.
There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for something else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever known, or everything you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater.
Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.
That is the sort of bravery Richard Adjei Sisqo had.
A very instrumental player of his caliber, the masses could predict from his young age that he will don the national jersey sometime to come but for becoming A policeman by profession, nobody even himself, never saw it coming. Where would he have been now if Mr. Edmund Zankor had not stopped him from training for professional boxing in Bukom?????
You may never know. That is why we say, ‘sometimes you see it coming, other times you don’t’, but when determination persists in our lives, even our choices are affected in a positive way.
D. A. ABABIO JNR