Former Asante Kotoko midfielder Jordan Opoku has finally opened up on his relationship with Ivory Coast star Salomon Kalou whom he says was his ‘best friend’ during his days at Feyenoord Rotterdam.
The duo were teammates at Eredivisie side Feyenoord Rotterdam between 2002-2005 before going their separate ways.
Kalou began his career in local club ASEC Mimosas before moving to Europe through his senior brother Bonaventure Kalou’s connection who was then plying his trade for Feyenoord in the Netherlands.
According to Jordan Opoku, he and Kalou left Ghana to seek for greener pastures with the Rotterdam-based club having trained with Gomoa Fetteh Feyenoord, christened as WAFA.
They signed for Feyenoord Rotterdam in 2002 and in the 2003/2004 season, they were loaned to Feyenoord’s “satellite club”, Excelsior.
Speaking in an interview with Television CK on Youtube on how his football journey started, the Ghana premier league winner said; “I left Ghana with Salomon Kalou, he was with ASEC and through his senior brother who was playing for Feyenoord Rotterdam they connected him here (Ghana) and trained with us for sometime before we departed Ghana for Holland”
“We did everything together, we trained together, slept in the same room and was my best friend I was leaving with in Holland.”
Opoku was a member of the first generation of players recruited by Feyenoord Academy, he was unable to live up the billing despite his huge potentials.
Opoku spent some time at Dutch club Excelsior and Belgian club Royal Antwerp FC on loan from Feyenoord Rotterdam where he played alongside Liverpool legend Dijk Kurt, Robin Van Persie, Jonathan De Guzman among others in the academy before returning to Ghana. He joined Asante Kotoko in the 2007–2008 season.
The attacking midfielder on 31 January 2010 left Asante Kotoko and signed a four-month loan deal with Albanian side Dinamo Tirana. After a short loan spell with Dinamo Tirana, Opoku became a free agent.
In late January 2012, He signed with Ghana Premier League club Berekum Chelsea and re-signed for Asante Kotoko in 2013 where he played two seasons before a move abroad. He rejoined Kotoko for the third time in 2018 before he was released after a year.
The 37-year-old currently remains the longest-serving player in the league having spent over a decade in the Ghanaian topflight after stints with WAFA, Asante Kotoko and Berekum Chelsea where he currently plays.