Ghana coach launches plan to support retired players

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The Head Coach of the Black Stars, Ghana’s senior national men’s soccer team, Kwesi Appiah, on Friday in Accra launched an initiative to support retired national footballers and other athletes.

Inaugurating the five-member board of trustees for the ‘Kwesi Appiah Foundation’, the former Ghana skipper said he dedicated a portion of his monthly salary to a fund the foundation.

According to him, the foundation is set up solely to cater for the welfare of the ex-national stars.

“Today marks the inauguration of my board of trustees, the foundation begins a journey that I hope will change many lives,” he said.

The standard of living of most Ghanaian retired players and athletes has been deplorable, despite fighting hard to defend the flag of the country at international events with some winning laurels.

Critical to the losses that retired footballers face is finance because they don’t make enough money after retirement which has led many to depression.

Ghanian Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Pius Hadzide applauded the coach for the initiative.

He called on the corporate world to support Appiah in providing financial assistance, medical aid and skills development to the retired players through the foundation.

Appiah was reappointed the Black Stars coach in April after mutually parting ways with the Ghana Football Association in 2014, following an abysmal performance at the World Cup in Brazil.

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