My First Official Signing Fee Was A Bread And Fan Ice--Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah - News Hunter Magazine

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

My First Official Signing Fee Was A Bread And Fan Ice--Stephen ‘Tornado’ Appiah

Stephen Appiah

  Football as a forte is admittedly a gift to the former captain of the Ghana black stars whose birth name is STEPHEN LEROY APPIAH.

  "TORNADO" as he is affectionately called opened up to host Yaw ampofo Ankrah on Friday 19th of February on "MY STORY " a segment on the late afternoon show "LET'S GO" on Radio xyz 93.1 on his humble beginnings and how his journey to success has been.

 After dropping out of school at class 5 "CAPITO" had the privilege to play for an under 12 coast team called Mighty victory which subsequently led him to his first official signing with Accra hearts of oak after a great game at the arts centre (Accra hearts of oaks' training ground) with Cuddling babies (The best coast team then) which he appeared on the scoring sheet twice for his coast team. After the game, Tony okine of Accra Hearts of Oak who was with the team at their usual training grounds approached him and that's how his career started.

When asked about his enticement fee with Hearts of Oak, CAPITO had this to say;

"It's so funny when I hear today’s' players demanding soo much, at times I laugh you know. When they signed me Harry Zakour gave me a bread and fan ice. That was my signing on fee. You know those days bus stop bread was the best and a Chokor boy having the privilege to have a bus stop bread, it was at the top for me.

Today if you talk to the young boys all they talk about is how to get money to buy the G-Wagons. No! Our time, it was about the passion and out of the passion and hard work you got everything".

   On his role as a peace ambassador for Ghana, The onetime captain who led his nation to its debut world cup in 2006 spoke about how peaceful he prays this year’s elections should be.

"We all know it's an election year and I was lucky to be appointed as the peace ambassador, I think I have to use what I have to preach the message of peace and I think from next month we will go to some of the rural areas to go preach in the name of peace to let the people know that at the end of the day it's one Ghana and it will be a Ghanaian who will be our next president  and so in everything that we do we have to be calm."

Submitted By: Owusu Amponsah Bobby Manfred (MC Bobby)

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