Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has mentioned the element of luck that helped him to rise through the ranks to reach the respectable height he witnessed in his professional football career moving from the Ghana Premier League to play in the Serie A.
The respectable figure made name locally playing for giants Accra Hearts of Oak going on to play for one of the greatest clubs of the world Juentus of Italy and according to Appiah that success was not solely due to talent.
‘‘The system then demanded more than just talent. There were so many gifted players around, different profiles too. To stand out, you needed more. I was fortunate in some ways but I think being disciplined and hardworking, as much as my passion for the sport made me stand out.” he told Victor Atsu Tamakloe as seen on asaaseradio.com.
“Maybe my background had a lot to do with it. When you come from Chorkor, your chances of obtaining a first degree are quite limited.
So you have to make tough choices and whichever, you choose, you have to give it your all because that’s your future. So when you’re playing at the colt’s level, you can’t behave like a kid who went to Accra Academy and can get a scholarship to (the University of) Legon. This is all you have, you know’’ he added.