Mar 14 2013 By Guy Martin
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OSEI Sankofa has played against and alongside Wayne Rooney, been sent off for fouling Robin Van Persie and was part of the England youth set-up, but he still relishes a new challenge with Hayes and Yeading United.
The 27 year-old’s career has taken a few turns since his Premier League debut for Charlton Athletic against Manchester United in May 2003, and he enjoys looking back at his five years on the fringe of the first-team with the Addicks.
It saw him mark a young Rooney, who he also played with at youth level with England, and a host of other household names before his release from The Valley, in May 2008.
“That was a part of my career. It feels like a long time ago now, but obviously it’s something I will reflect on when I’m older and be really proud of,” Sankofa said.
The defender’s next stop was Southend United, for whom he played 39 games over two seasons, and since then there have been spells with Farnborough, Boreham Wood and, for much of this season, Eastleigh.
“I’ve played for quite a few clubs and got experience at all levels,” he added. “ I was at Eastleigh from the beginning of the season. I was in the side the majority of the time. In the past couple of months there were a couple of issues which I’d rather not go into right now.
“I had a couple of options I was mulling over, but ultimately I had played against Hayes and Yeading already this year and seen them play. I like the style of play, it’s a well-established non-league club.
“I thought it would be a really good opportunity to get in and play some games before the end of the season. We’ll see what happens.”
Crowds may be smaller and his opponents may earn less money than Sankofa has experienced at the highest level, but he is not unduly worried by playing on Kingfield’s muddy surface or the lack of glamour he once knew.
“I’ve played at this level for quite a few years now,” he said. “Obviously when you start playing as a young boy muddy pitches are par for the course, so I’m going back to my roots if you like.”