Karela United assistant coach Stephen Abugri has named veteran coach J.E Sarpong as his mentor when he decided to become a football trainer.
Abugri is currently the deputy head coach of the Ghana Premier League leaders where Evans Adottey is the main technical boss.
“I took coach J.E. Sarpong as my father and I started coaching because of his inspiration. In fact, he was my father and everything.” Abugri said on Asempa FM.
“Coach Bashir Hayford also encouraged me because in the year 2000, Ashaiman Secondary School and Tema Technical Institute went to the finals during the inter-schools and indeed it was a very nice match.
“So after the match coach Bashir Hayford came to me and asked me about the kind of coaching certificate I am holding but I told him I don’t have any coaching certificate. He told me I am a star in coaching in Ghana and I respect him as a father, colleague and senior teacher.
“Hayford told me I am a star in coaching and that he will encourage me to become a coach. At that time, I was teaching at Ashaiman Secondary School so every weekend I went to Accra Academy to coach J.E. Sarpong.” he added