“Yesterday is but a dream, Tomorrow is only a vision, But today well lived makes every yesterday a dream of happiness, and every tomorrow a vision of hope.”
The above quote by Kālidāsa, widely regarded as one of the greatest poet and dramatist to emerge from India, holds very true in the remarkable story of Ghanaian Football Club, Dreams FC.
Birthed on July 14, 2009, the club originally housed at Kweiman but now based in Dawu turns 11 years today. Upon deep reflections of the past wedded with the present happenings inclusive of future projections, it is fitting to make the pronouncement that this adventure that has lasted a little over a decade has been one well lived.
Dreams FC are living the dream, and not just that, they are building on it, initiating an expansion; and what started as a hamlet in Ghanaian Football territory is gradually becoming a kingdom. This kingdom is reigned by football royalty, persons who have fastidiously worked the Dreams FC structure from scratch to its present state.
The journey began with three football brains filled with passion and full of hope for a better future not just for themselves, but also for the less privileged footballers.
Dreams FC’s version of the three wise men, in President, Mohammed Jiji Alifoe, Vice President, Prince Abdul Hamid and Kurt E.S. Okraku who until his election as president of the Ghana Football Association last year was the Executive Chairman of the club, harbored this dream to setup on their own and run this project of poverty alleviation through football while inculcating the spirit of always believing in the players who pass through this football factory.
Fuelled by this drive and inspired by the might of the ultimate being (God), they set out to make the Dreams FC project work. Suffice it to say that, they were also motivated to start the project after an ownership wrangle between themselves and the family of former FC Midjtylland joint-owner Alhaji Bimbo following his death.
They shed tears, they did sweat, they worked hard, they did learn and have led the blossoming of a club which is now a model type for almost every football establishment in the country.
The Slogan ‘Still Believe” epitomises the general attitude that exists in a typical Dreams FC setting. After doing the necessary in a step by step approach, the club was officially birthed on July 14, 2009.
They would dominate for 4 straight years in the Division 2 terrain (3rd tier of Ghana Football League system). After gaining grounds and firmly making a case that they had come to stay, the club’s hierarchy activated the vision of climbing up the Ghana Football ladder to rub shoulders with the top sides.
This began with an entry into the National Division One League, competing in Zone 3 of the competition. This was in the 2014-15 season. Dreams FC usurped all their counterparts to emerge top of the pile and secure qualification to the Ghana Premier League for the first time in their history at the first try.
The dream had shaped up nicely and the club had announced their presence among the crème de la crème of the local game. Their entry to the top flight saw them give birth to several innovations some of which still remain unmatched till date.
Their maiden league campaign went well until a setback hit their foundations hard. An anomaly with player registration cost them their premier league status. The club was demoted to the Division One, but never looked back and lived up to their shibboleth of ‘Still Believe’.
Inspired by hope, driven by passion and fuelled by the grand plan to make an impact with its vision, the club reorganized in the Division One, played with zest, dominated the terrain and sealed a remarkable return to the top flight just a year after.
The setback only set them back to prepare them to get back into the elite league, this time with more experience. Dreams FC is living the dream, and rightly so deserve to do that in the company of the elite clubs in the country.
President of the Club, Mohammed Jiji Alifoe in conversation with FootballMadeinGhana.com reveals that everything that has happened has been so, due to the blessings of the Almighty Allah.
He acknowledges how well the club has grown over the years and believes the bigger vision reflects well with setting up of feeder clubs, Still Believe FC and In God We Trust FC.
Recounting how the journey started, Mohammed Jiji Alifoe is full of praise for iconic Ghanaian football figure, Abedi Ayew Pele. His reason; simple! The Maestro opened his doors to the club at a time when they were relatively unknown.
This was the first ever game for Dreams FC; against Abedi Pele’s Nania FC. Pele would later donate some football equipment to the side after the game and forge a friendly relationship with them.
As a sign of their growth, the club has grown from being benefactors of such a donation to signing a kit deal with kit manufacturing giant, Nike.
Certainly, it is has been rewarding adventure and enough reason to ‘Still Believe’ for more in the future. A project that has helped several players live their dream while passing through Dreams FC.
Notable among them include, current Chelsea defender Baba Abdul Rahman, the highest scoring foreigner in the history of Egyptian Football League, John Antwi (currently with Pyramids FC), Benjamin Tetteh of Sparta Prague, Leonard Owusu of Vancouver Whitecaps and many others.
An impressed Jiji Alifoe, full of gratitude when he reflects on the past also mentions Lawyer Thadeus Sory and Abdul Salam Yakubu (Owner and President of New Edubiase) as persons who encouraged and supported the dream from the start.
Jiji doesn’t promise much, but surely does give the hint that the future will be bigger. With that he urges fans and followers to ‘Still Believe’.
As Dreams FC celebrate 11 years of existence, the team at FMIG shares in their celebrations and wish them the best in the years ahead.