Promising Ghanaian footballer Francis Boadi is not unlike thousands of other African kids dreaming that one day a scout will spot their talent and whisk them off to Europe. Baff Akoto’s 52-minute documentary about him isn’t especially well made but it illustrates the seriousness with which African youngsters treat the sport and how football is arguably the only industry capable of launching someone from poverty to fame and fortune. However, as Boadi and his manager know only too well, the road to the top of international football entails an almost insurmountable number of hoops and hurdles.
It’s unlikely this film would have been given a release had it not been for the World Cup: the editing is erratic, the sound is muddy, the visuals are shaky and it’s crying out for a voiceover. Interesting in parts but ultimately dull, even for football fans.