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I was motivated by Michael Essien to go into coaching - Stephen Appiah Featured

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The 36-year-old retired midfielder has revealed that he was encouraged by his former team-mates including Michael Essien to go into coaching as he has what it takes to become successful in his managerial stint on the touchline.

Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has said he was motivated to take up a coaching course by his former team- mates before calling time on his playing career two seasons ago.

The ex-Juventus midfield kingpin never dreamt of entering into coaching, but was advised to do so by his colleagues as they think he has the wherewithal to become a great manager considering his outstanding relationship with playing body and the kind of respect he commands.

The ''Tornado'' as affectionately called by football fans has also revealed that he is on the verge of securing his coaching badges as he itches to be in the dugout very soon.

''I was having a different plan altogether as to what career I may pursue when I retire from active football,'' Appiah told Kumasi-based Fox FM.

''I quite remember three years ago when Michael Essien and my other playing mates in Europe urged me to go into coaching,'' he recounted.

 ''They suggested by motivating me that, from the way I command a maximum respect from my team-mates, it'll be prudent for me to become a coach judging from the knowledge I've gained on and off the field as a player and were very certain that I'll succeed in it,''

''So I decided to ponder over it and I came to a conclusion that I've to take up my coaching badges course. I've already registered for the course and very soon I'll acquire my certificate of which I'm looking forward to be working with it in the near future.''

Stephen Appiah has represented Ghana at the 2006 and 2010 Fifa World Cup competitions in Germany and South Africa respectively.

 

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