KOFI LIVING HIS DREAM AT THE TOP OF THE WRESTLING TREE
The success was eleven years in the making, but Kofi Kingston can finally lay claim to being the best in the business as he continues living his lifelong dream of being WWE Champion.
There was no better platform than the ‘Grand-daddy of them all’, at WrestleMania35, two months ago, where the Kingston star began to shine bright.
When the 37-year-old Ghanaian-born Superstar pinned Daniel Bryant in front of more than 82,000 fans in New York, he reached unprecedented heights in becoming the first African athlete to win the original championship of WWE.
“It is emotional to be here (with the Championship) after so many trials and tribulations. All that I’ve ever wanted to do since I was a kid was to see myself at WrestleMania winning a title,” Kingston told WWE.com straight after his victory.
“I’ve worked so hard to get here. Sometimes, you work as hard as you can with things not going your way and not knowing if your hard work will pay off. It has paid off right now…and it still feels so surreal.
“So many stars had to be aligned to get here over the past eleven years in order for this win to mean what it means to me now. My dad, my wife, my kids were here to witness this…it feels like I’m in a dream and I don’t want to wake up.”
Recently, the Boston, Mass. raised Superstar visited his native Ghana for the first time in 26 years where he also presented the country’s head of state, Nana Akufo-Addo, with a WWE Championship title.
Even more inspirational in his home visit was not only getting a moment to motivate the country’s youth, but was given a unique distinction of sending the much-loved national football team – the Black Stars – off on their way to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament that is currently taking place in Egypt.
Ghana, the sleeping giants of African football, are perennial favourites that always seem to fall short…and where any form of stimulation towards a first continental success since 1982 was needed.
“It was awesome being in Ghana and being able to motivate the kids to follow their dreams. If I can be the spark for the kids to achieve that, then I am happy to be a part of it,” said Kingston in a video posted from his time in Accra.
“I am also happy that I got to send off the Black Stars to AFCON! I do pay attention to the national team matches. They have not won a title in 37 years, but I feel that this has to be the year and hopefully, they can bring gold back to Ghana.”
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