Former Ghana Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah is training to become a football manager.
The former Juventus midfielder has recently undergone a training program at English Premier League side West Ham United, sponsored by Betway.
Appiah, known as ‘Tornado’, captained Ghana to its first-ever World Cup appearance in Germany in 2006 and was the leader of the Black Stars squad that came close to hitting a semifinal berth at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Appiah, who is currently the team coordinator of the Black Stars, spent a week at West Ham to learn coaching at the feet of top-level coaches and managers. The tour is expected to help him set his coaching career in motion.
The 37-year-old, who is the football brand ambassador of Betway, a UK sports betting firm operating also in Ghana, observed both the first team and the academy side and spoke to several leading figures at the club, including Mark Noble, Patrice Evra and Joe Hart.
He also had the opportunity of meeting coaches Terry Westley and Jack Collison and head of medical services Gary Lewin and watched West Ham United’s league game against Manchester City.
Appiah who was capped 67 times for the Black Stars of which he managed to score 14 goals has been an aspiration to the entire Ghanaian youth and beyond.
“I am very excited and I feel blessed,” Appiah spoke of the training program.
“I think that we have a lot of players who will love to be in this position. I’m putting my foot down to learn and I’m really excited to be here,” he said.
Stephen Appiah’s role in the technical team is to monitor players recommended for national team.