Ghana World Cup star was playing in Somerset Cup for 6th-tier side 4 years ago

In four short years Antoine Semenyo has gone from playing for sixth-tier Bath City in the Somerset Cup to representing Ghana at the most prestigious tournament in all of sport … how's that for career development?

The London-born 22-year-old, who can play both up front and off the flank, only made his debut for the Black Stars in June but squeezed into Otto Addo's 26-man squad for the World Cup after making a flying start to the season at Championship side Bristol City.

He was brought on as a second half substitute during Ghana's 3-2 defeat to Portugal on Thursday as his side went in search of a late equaliser – and got a front row seat for Inaki Williams' agonising slip in the dying moments.

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Semenyo signed for Bristol City as a 17-year-old in 2017 but after finding first-team minutes hard to come by he was farmed out on loan to National League South side Bath.

There he got some much-needed game-time under his belt, and with his confidence flowing the goals started doing the same. He scored six in 16 games for the Romans, including a memorable hat-trick in an 8-1 Somerset Cup quarter-final tie against (the mighty) Welton Rovers.

He then started climbing the ladder, getting loaned to League Two outfit Newport County the following season, and the year after that to League One side Sunderland, before returning to Ashton Gate for the 2020/21 season.

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After just netting just two league goals in his first full campaign back at Bristol, Semenyo quadrupled his tally the following season and has come flying out of the blocks since the summer break.

Having scored four goals in five games prior to the World Cup, Semenyo went into the tournament as Ghana's hottest striker, statistically. Here's hoping he gets the chance to prove himself. Because after all, how different can scoring in the Somerset Cup and scoring at the World Cup actually be?


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