Since news broke that captain of the Ghanaian national team, Asamoah Gyan had penned a mouth-watering deal with Shanghai SIPG of the Chinese Super League bringing his stay at Al Ain to an end, divergent opinions have been expressed by sports enthusiasts.
With some declaring his move as the wisest decision, others believe Asamoah Gyan deserves to be playing top flight football than to “waste” his career in a league that is so unknown.
However, astute sports presenter who until joining Atinka FM in Accra worked with Kumasi based Angel FM Saddick Adams popularly known as Sports Obama believes Asamoah Gyan’s decision makes him “Ghana’s wisest and most business minded athlete of all time.”
Why this? Read his account from below.
“Last month when I visited Rev Osei Kofi at his home, he showed me a documentary evidence of several top clubs in England and Germany that were chasing him for his signature in the 1960’s. He refused because of the “privileges he got from Kotoko, his love for Ghana and the pain of leaving his beloved friends in exchange of pounds”.
40 years later, he was walking up and down the 4-story stairs of the ministry of youth and sports to demand GH12,000, (being his ex gratia for helping Ghana win two AFCONs).
Today, he says it is his bitterest regret. Because the same people who hailed him for being a patriot in 1965, are the same people who criticise him for not making most of his talent. In 1965, a taxi driver picked him from Kumasi to Accra for free. Today, he stands at circle, needing a taxi to Dome and he’s bypassed. Majority of people who saw his patriot acts in 1965 have died, leaving Kofi to his fate. And he’s got to narrate his own story to a new generation who don’t even care. That was the Osei Kofi then and Kofi now.
When I was in Sunyani, two regular guests on my show were Kwesi Wusu and Nana Agyeman Gyau. The former was Ghana’s all time top scorer for 45 years and captained the Black Stars for 8 years, becoming the longest skipper serving till date. The latter won AFCON 1963/1965 with the Stars.
Kwesi Wusu got a deal to sign for Bahia club in Brazil when the Black Stars toured the South American country in the 70’s. He was to receive $35,000 for 3 years. He showed me portions of the torn sheets of contract he took to Ghana, and replied Bahia that he wanted to qualify and win AFCON 72 for Ghana and join them later. In 1971, he got injured and was sacked from the Stars.
Agyeman Gyau on the other hand, after the 1965 feat, used his influence as a National star, travelled to USA and signed for Washington Whips where he became a club legend. He married and settled well. When he returned to Sunyani, he was made a chief. His entire family stay in the states. When the Ghana government was rewarding his batch with GH12,000, he was called to take his share but refused. He was busy on his way to USA to visit his grandsons. That was how ‘useless’ that money meant to him in 2014.
Meanwhile, Kwesi had to rely on the benevolence of some of the beneficiaries who gave him tips from their share to seek health care.
It is just a 4-minute drive from Nana Gyau’s beautiful house in Fiapre to Kwesi Wusu’s rented apartment at Sunyani Estates. But that distance is literally long. Guess.
My dad told me Osei Kofi was the finest footballer he’s ever watched. And Kofi was mobbed wherever he appeared. But me, I don’t care about all that. I only judge him by what he owns today.
Kwesi Wusu was so popular in Sunyani that, even when he enters the darkest night clubs in Sunyani, DJ’s will still make him out. But he sometimes have to beg to be allowed entry to the Sunyani Coronation Park to watch the same Bofoakwa he ‘died’ for. Nana Agyeman Gyau enters the stadium with different cars every weekend. And he had a social seat at the VIP tribune. My personal experience with these great icons of yesteryears has given me an invaluable lesson.
Whenever you work as a public figure, definitely people will have a say in your personal decisions. The love/patriotism and affection might influence you…BUT the ultimate decision should be in the best interest of YOURSELF and your FAMILY.
That is why I declare Asamoah Gyan as Ghana’s wisest and most business minded athlete of all time. Because..
“The fame will go”- Asamoah Gyan 2015.”
Asamoah Gyan will now earn £227,000-a-week at his new club. This places him 8th on the list of most paid footballers in the world currently.
He recently outdoored his $3M mansion named “Basilica de Baby Jet” in Ghana.
Check out photos of the house >> 10 beautiful photos from within Asamoah Gyan’s $3M ‘Basilica de Baby Jet’ Mansion
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