Ghana Legend Stephen Appiah Hints At Return To Hearts Of Oak Before Retirement
Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has hinted that he could return to his mother club Accra Hearts of Oak before he retires from the game permanently.
The former Juventus player is still searching for a club after deciding not to extend his contract with Serbian club Vojvodina last year.
The midfield supremo has been training on the quiet and he is in excellent physical condition, adding that his agents are working out another foreign adventure for him.
He indicated however that when he finally calls time on his professional career, he would like to return to play a symbolic part in Hearts.
‘When the time comes for me to play for Hearts again, I will do. I wouldn’t care what anybody would say. I’ll use my reputation and image to attract some commercial benefits to the club,’ Tornado said.
Appiah mentioned with nostalgia, his exploits in a Hearts-Kotoko 3-3 thriller in Accra in which he scored Hearts’ opening goal and the equalizing third on the stroke of time – and in the process becoming the youngest player ever to score a brace in the Hearts-Kotoko rivalry.
That was way back in 1996 when then 15 year-old Appiah was in his second and last season at Accra Hearts of Oak.
‘That match was special to me because it was the biggest match in local club football, and as a mere boy, I distinguished myself,’ he reminisced.
That draw allowed Goldfields, [now Ashgold] to move within a point of Kotoko, eventually beating the Kumasi-based club at the top of the table when Kotoko again faltered in a 0-0 draw with Ghapoha in Tema.
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