My name is Faida; I'm 23 years old and come from Accra. My dream was to become a successful footballer in Europe. I wanted to turn professional, but that plan failed. Now I run my own business in Ghana, although I needed some support to achieve this.
I was a talented footballer. I played for the Dallas Texas team here in Accra and flew with them in 2013 to a tournament in Norway. I stayed in Europe and travelled to Denmark to turn professional there. But instead I was arrested because my visa had expired. I applied for asylum – without success.
I didn't want to give up on my dream of professional football in Europe, so I went to Germany and submitted an asylum application there too. I kept on searching for a major football club who would sign me up. It was unfortunate, but that didn't work out either. I eventually took a job in a restaurant and learned German. I realised how difficult it was to communicate with people around me without any language skills. But my asylum application was rejected once again. A knee injury also meant I could no longer play football.