Ghana native lives out dream at USF
One of the recruits to the USF men’s soccer team this year, junior forward Kennedy Selorm Adablah, who goes by Selorm, has led the Bulls to victory a number of times, and is tied for leading the team with three goals.
But Selorm isn’t concerned with the number of goals scored. It’s been his dream, he said, to just play in the U.S.
“It’s no big deal that I am the leading goal scorer because we are all a team,” Selorm said. “I cannot score a goal on my own, I need (the team’s) support and they need mine. It is all about team unity. It was the same feeling back home.”
Before USF, Selorm played in his home country, Ghana, for the University of Ghana where he was the league’s MVP and received national recognition playing for the U-20 team.
Selorm said he always heard of other guys who came to the U.S. from Ghana and “make it.”
“I knew that I would take any opportunity that came my way,” Selorm said. “I realized when I got (to the U.S.) there is more to making it than just coming to the U.S.”
That opportunity came when USF assistant coach Fred Dikranian flew over to Ghana to look at Selorm’s team after getting a tip from a current Tampa Bay Rowdies player.
Selorm ended up being the only player that Dikranian recruited, feeling he would be a great addition to the team.
“We proceeded to do everything we needed to do to get him here,” USF coach George Kiefer said.
Since his arrival in the U.S, it was his first goal for USF, he said, that has been keeping him going. That goal came within the first 10 minutes of the Bulls’ first exhibition game Aug. 20 at home against Saint Leo.
“I needed that goal just to tell me that this is what I am here for,” Selorm said.
The American Athletic Conference Weekly Honor Roll, since that first game for Selorm, has recognized him twice in a row from Sept. 15 to Sept.29.
Still, Selorm said he has no concern with accolades.
“He is a very good student and a very bright young man and is always smiling and having fun with the guys,” Kiefer said. “He’s a real treat to be around.”
Selorm said it means a lot having his siblings, his five sisters, look up to and learn from him.
Ultimately, learning is what his family wanted Selorm to focus on throughout his schooling, even with his soccer success.
When his parents started to notice things were falling into place for Selorm in the soccer realm, he said they encouraged him to go ahead and pursue his dreams.
Selorm currently wants to pursue a global information systems degree. Selorm said he is undecided whether he wants to go into a career in soccer or follow his passion for geography.
While his future is undecided, Selorm and the Bulls still have matches to play this season and the junior said he’s living in the now.
“I’m just hoping to get the best of what I have now,” he said. “I’m just hoping to stay.”
USF will enter its third conference match Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., where they’ll take on Cincinnati at Corbett Soccer Stadium as USF looks for its first win in the AAC.