Ex-president J.A Kufuor has lauded the leadership credentials of the former captain of the Black Stars Stephen Appiah, referring to him as the “maestro”.
Speaking at his residence in Accra when Appiah extended an invitation to him to attend his testimonial game, the former president recalled the playing days of the former Parma midfielder and called on him to impart it into the younger ones.
Kufuor said: “Leadership is leadership and that’s what I detected in you way back.”
“I saw how you were able to hold the teams you led together anytime you took your position on the field, I saw how everybody else fell into place more or less taking instructions from you that’s quality leadership,” he added.
The 34-year-old midfielder used the opportunity to inform the ex-Asante Kotoko board chairman of his official retirement from football, which was communicated to the public on January 14.
President Kufuor agreed to attend the testimonial match scheduled for June 13 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
The testimonial match will bring together top international stars from Juventus, Fenerbahce, Parma, Cesena and Udinese.
Appiah, who captained Ghana to two World Cup competitions in 2006 and 2010, made 64 appearances for the Black Stars in which he scored 14 goals.