Ghana’s Speaker of Parliament, Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin has lauded legendary Black Stars player, Abedi Ayew “Pele”, for his contribution to Ghana’s football. He noted that, not only has the former skipper of the Black Stars put the name of Ghana on the global map, but he has also given Ghana great players two of whom are the backbone of the current black Stars, Mr. Bagbin noted.
According to the Rt. Hon Speaker, Abedi Pele, as he is known professionally, would have been very rich had it been today he played as a footballer. “That time there was no money. If it had been this time, he would have earned a lot of money.” That notwithstanding, he indicated that the three times African Player of the year is a global icon who is not only respected but honoured across the world.
Abedi Pele’s two sons, Dede Ayew and Jordan Ayew popularly referred to as the Ayew Brothers, have for some years now received criticisms from a section of Ghanaians. Some believe the brothers especially the younger one, Jordan, are not doing enough but always favoured to play for the Black Stars. But for Speaker Bagbin, the two are the most important players for the senior national team.
“[Football] has opened doors to Abedi Pele, he can go anywhere in the world. He is not only respected, he is honoured. You all know what Abedi Pele did to fooball in Ghana. And you see the products he has given us; three very good skillful football players. Two you know very well, the other didn’t last, but the two are still shining and they are the backbone of the Black Stars now”, Alban Bagbin stated.
Advising young female players in the Upper West Region, Hon Bagbin said it is out of hard work, discipline and intelligence that have made “the Maestro” Abedi Pele to achieve the great feat he is noted for across the globe. He thus encouraged all football players to take their studies seriously if they want to go far in the game. To him, intelligence is needed to augment the skills and hard work hence the need for young players to focus on their books as well.
“Don’t only play football. Develop your IQ; learn, study”, the Speaker advised, adding that “football is not just about skills, it is not just about energy, it is also about intelligence”. Mr. Bagbin said there have been many potential good players who did not last “because they did not study”.
Rt. Hon. Bagbin made the remarks when he donated some football equipment to Real Crusaders Ladies FC, the only active female division one football club in the Upper West Region. The items donation included footballs, set of jerseys, football boots and hoses.
The Speaker further pledged his continuous support for the female club, while disclosing he will push the only male division one side, Suntaa Sporting Club, to fill the void the defunct Wa All Stars has left following the Anas Aremeyaw Anas Number 12 Exposé.