I chose football over law and medicine – Kwesi Appiah

Former Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has opened up on how he had to defy his father in chasing his dream to become a footballer.

My father wanted me to become a lawyer but I chose football – Kwesi Appiah

The 59-year-old said his father always viewed football as a waste of time and rather preferred to see him in a white-collar job.

According to Appiah, his father wanted him to become a lawyer or medical doctor, rather than a professional footballer.

In his autobiography, ‘Leaders Don’t Have To Yell’, the ex-Black Stars coach said his father didn’t even want him playing football in school.

“My father knew I was playing football in school and he was not very happy about that,” Appiah wrote in his book.

“He wanted me to focus on my education and someday become a lawyer or doctor or practice another profession that he believed would give me a secure financial future.”

He also recalled his father once preventing him from participating in a football competition his school was involved in.

According to him, it took the intervention of his headteacher, who begged his father, before he was allowed to play in that particular tournament.

“My headteacher at the time had to come to my house to beg my father before he reluctantly agreed to let me go,” Appiah revealed.

“…we were victorious in that tournament but I knew not to attempt having conversation with my father about what happened there. So I kept that story to myself.”

Appiah is currently promoting his recently launched autobiography, titled 'Leaders Don't Have To Yell'.

The 400-page book is a leadership memoir in which Appiah shares his account of key events during his playing days and his two stints as coach of Ghana.


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