Abedi Ayew known professionally as Abedi Pele, is a Ghanaian former footballer who played as an attacking midfielder and who served as captain of the Ghana national team.
Having played for several European clubs Abedi Pele is regarded as one of the greatest African footballers of all-time and below are some 10 facts about the footbal icon you probably never knew.
1. Abedi Ayew was born into a family in the town of Kibi and grew up in the town of Dome at the northern outskirts of the city Accra.
2. He played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France, where he was instrumental in Marseille’s prominence in the UEFA Champions League during the early 1990s.
3. He was a captain and was one of the first African football players to earn a top placing in FIFA World Player of the Year voting in 1991 and 1992.
4. He has won the France Football African Player of the Year Award three times, was the inaugural winner of the BBC African Sports Star of the Year in 1992, and the corresponding Confederation of African Football award twice.
5. He was also awarded the golden ball award for being the best player at the 1992 African Cup of Nations, and was the “man of the match” in Marseille’s historic UEFA Champions League final win over Milan in 1993.
6. Abedi Pele played for Ghana 73 times and is considered the greatest football player in his country’s history, and among the best in Africa.
7. He is also the father of André, Jordan, Rahim, Imani, and is married to Maha. Two of his children – Andre and Rahim – represented Ghana in the FIFA 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
8. In June 2001 he was nominated by the present government of Ghana to serve as the next Chairman of the FA, an opportunity he later gave up for a more experienced former coach of Ghana for which in his own words said that this was to be an opportunity to learn from his superiors.
9. At present he owns a first division club, called Nania, with the future hopes of nurturing the young talent to augment the fledging league of the country. He has also been involved with various charity work across the African continent.
10. In appreciation of Abedi’s devout services to the country, the Ghanaian government awarded him the country’s highest honour, the Order of the Volta (civil division). He thus became the first Ghanaian sportsman to be so honoured.
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