Asante Kotoko legend Sarfo Gyamfi popularly known as the ‘Black President’ has indicated that during his playing days, footballers were not motivated by money as compared to the modern game.
‘’In our time we mostly played for image, name, endorsements and personal appearances …. good name is better than riches’’
‘’We wanted the money alright but we felt in our time as players that with a good reputation one can earn or attract the money we sort for’’ he told SilverFM.
Gyamfi believes that after his retirement in 1998, his good reputation has linked him to various opportunities which he advised every up-and-coming player to emulate.
He took the opportunity to advise young players to be respectful, discipline and chase a reputable career that will earn them a good image while putting the money-making notion on the low.
‘Black President’ recounted how football has been beneficial to him adding that he never regrets his 5year stint with Ghanaian giants Asante Kotoko, where he earned the name “The Black President” by Asante Kotoko fans.
Sarfo Gyamfi was part of the Ghana national team at the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations where the Black Stars reached the final. He has played professional football in Ghana, Nigeria and Europe.
Mark F. | SilverFM