The Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayibonte II, has asked for blessings for former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah ahead of the latter’s testimonial match.
The Gbese chief was the third to officially receive the ex-Juventus man, and he did so at his royal home (Gbese Palace) in Accra yesterday.
He said he had supported the player in prayer from his youthful days through to his reign as the national team captain to date.
He told newsmen that ‘I liked him as a son, ensured he was signed as a player of Hearts of Oak. I encouraged and supported him when I saw the potential in him.
‘Now that he is here, I can only ask for blessings for him for his testimonial match and for his family as well. We will be there to support you.
‘I constantly prayed for him during his reign as the Black Stars captain, and I still do. If he offended anyone during his playing days, please forgive him, and if I also did same, I ask for forgiveness.’
Appiah, in the company of the organizers of the event, Primeval Media said: ‘My relationship with Gbese Mantse dates way back. I at a point in time during my early years in football relocated and stayed with him, so I can’t do such a thing without informing you. I am here to officially invite you for my testimonial game.’
The testimonial match is scheduled for June 27 at the Accra Stadium and would be preceded by a fundraising dinner gala at the Banquet Hall of the State House in Accra on June 26.
By Kofi Owusu Aduonum
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