Sports News of Thursday, 16 July 2015
Stephen Appiah has revealed he is good friends with notorious armed robber Atta Ayi and could have easily become a criminal himself if not for football.
The 34-year-old is one of the most loved personalities in Ghana due to his selfless dedication with the Black Stars.
Appiah, born and bred in Chorkor revealed he could nearly have become a social vice just like his childhood friend Atta Ayi who is currently doing time in the Nsawam Prison.
“I always say that if I had not become a footballer then I would have been an armed robber,” Appiah told Starr FM in an extensive interview with Bola Ray.
“I went to Nsawam Prison for a program and 15% of the inmates were my friends in Chorkor.
“The Atta Ayi that many people talk about was my friend. I ate with him in Chorkor.
“Most of my friends I grew up with at Chorkor are now criminals, mad or even dead while robbing.”
Appiah officially hanged up his boots from active football earlier this year and had a good send off in a highly patronized testimonial game organized by Primeval Media.