Former Executive Board Chairman of Kumasi Asante Kotoko, Dr. Desmond Kofi Kodua Sarpong, has called on the leadership of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to consider handing Stephen Appiah, a managerial role in any of the national teams.
The former Porcupine Warriors boss, often referred to as Dr. K. K. Sarpong, said Appiah had demonstrated qualities of a good leader and could be a good manager, hence the need to offer him a managerial role to share his knowledge to others.
He said Appiah’s humility and leadership qualities earned Ghana the first-ever World Cup qualification, adding that the FA should tap into that gift by giving him a managerial role for the young and upcoming ones to learn.
He made the call when the former Juventus midfielder extended a formal invitation to him for his testimonial dinner and football match as he draws the curtain over his illustrious football career.
“I advise GFA to consider handing Appiah a managerial role in any of the national teams. He is a very good leader who the country should still benefit from. We must not let him go idle.”.
Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner, Jon Benjamin, has lauded the illustrious playing career of the former Black Stars captain, but regreted he did not feature for West Ham United before ending his career.
“Stephen is one of the few players who have had an exciting and productive playing career in Europe. His career, however, could have been complete if he had played for West Ham United in his hey days”.
Mr. Benjamin said this when he hosted Appiah and staff of Primeval Media, organisers of the former Stars’ skipper’s Testimonial game slated for Saturday, at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The occassion was also used to officially invite the British Diplomat for the event.
Mr. Benjamin said, “We are honoured to have received an invitation to be part of this memorable event.