Iconic former Ghana international footballer Stephen Appiah has disclosed some intriguing aspects of his childhood during his formative football years in popular Accra suburb of Chokor.
Appiah played for giants Hearts of Oak before achieving international fame playing for Serie A sides Udinese, Parma and Juventus.
But the captain of Ghana at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany did not have an easy beginning.
‘You’ll leave home on Friday afternoon and will not return until Monday and it’s all because you want to play Monnky3 nndi’. Monnky3 nndi is an Akan expression that means ‘Share and enjoy. By 7oçlock on Saturday morning, I’d be ready for the first match in Chorkor.” Appiah told Asaase Radio’s Victor Atsu Tamakloe.
“Now, because I registered for different teams for different tournaments, I moved around a lot. So after playing the first game in Sheabu, I would join the next available bus to Maamobi. From there, I had to go to Odorkor for the next match. In the end, I could not play every game for every team but I made sure my performance would force them to call me for the next tournament’’ he added.