The Minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Isaac Asiamah, has urged retired footballers in Africa to be role models for the young and upcoming players in their various countries.
Hon. Asiamah, who was speaking at the 2017 International Federation of Professional Footballers (Fifpro) congress for Africa at the plush Kempinski hotel in Accra, urged the retired players to help develop the talents of young footballers through mentorship and counseling.
“I urge you [former players] to be role models so that the youth of this country will learn from your exploits and the sacrifices you have made for Ghana” Hon. Asiamah has said.
According to him, some retired footballers are already playing that role, where he cited Samuel Osei Kuffour, a former Black Stars defender, who is now a board member of the Professional Football Association of Ghana [PFAG], as an exemplary role model and an inspiration to the youth.
This Former football icon, aside his duties, still make time to counsel young players on how to live their lives as professionals.
The Fifpro is a body under the world football governing body set out to protect the interest of players across the globe.
SWAG Sports Personality of the year 2016, who is also the Executive Secretary General of PFAG introduced his board and executives which had Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah as President and what they have been doing in the years gone bye.
Some popular word “Stars” who were present at the congress were Gereme Njitap of Cameruoun and Ibrahim Tanko of Ghana.