Abedi Pele: My teammates made me who I am

Abedi Pele: My teammates made me who I am

Abedi Pele thanks teammates for his current status

By Ameenu Shardow

Abedi Pele has paid glowing tribute to his teammates on his surge to legendary status.

Pele, 47, after breaking into  the Black Stars as a 16-year-old went on to captain the side while achieving insurmountable personal success as a player from Ghana.

He won the prestigious African Player of the Year award on three occasions while winning several league championships and the Uefa Champions League with French club Olympique Marseille.

The former Real Tamale United star who won the Nations Cup as a teenager is regarded by many as the best Ghanaian player of all time however says he couldn’t have achieved his current status without the contribution of his teammates.

“I came to realize that football is a collective game and that to be able to excel you need the help of your teammates,” he said during an interview with Kwaku Sintim-Misa on his weekend TGIF Show.

“I was good but I wouldn’t have been Abedi Pele today if it hadn’t been for my teammates who were also very good.”

Pele who has also played in Italy and Germany never played at the World Cup but says he has no regret over this.

“I have done so many things in my career and there are a lot of great players who also didn’t play at the World Cup,” he adds.

“I am very happy to have been able to play the game I really love to the highest level so I have no regrets at all.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Kofi Appiah says:

    Did I watch a different program? Abedi Pele said these on allo tiGO with Jon Germain on the same Tv channel – Metro Tv on saturday evening.

  2. BABA says:

    @Appiah, Abedi was first on KSM program before the sat one.
    We are prouid of you Abedi. The greatest African player of all time. I wish he had the qualifications to coach the black stars.
    Abedi and Stephen Appiah are the best captains of gh ever by me. Gud evening OTUMFUO,SETH N KT

  3. SETH says:

    @BABA, gud evn.
    16years? whn i hear these things i become sick. 16 years playing for black stars is a complete lie. to day tooo the same thing, a certain oninku who won the promising player award is 16 years…….when you look at his face well nothing tells you he is in his mid 20s .you were a great player and yet to see a player of your calibre in ghana..but 16years start playing for ghana is untrue,

    • lawrence says:

      Seth, note that there was no reason for him to fake his age at the time. There were no youth competitions for which reason he had to lie about his age. Also, he was in secondary school at the time he was called up .

  4. Austin says:

    I salute u pele,great pele th Africn legend. I rembr seeing u playng againt zambia in 94 africa cup were we embarassd u wit 3 nil,great KALUSHA BWALYA tormentd u.. ZAMBIA CHIPOLOPOLO!!

  5. yu says:

    @austin, leave our great gh brothers alone. Do you have to interrupt even their internal matters? Its unzambian. Zambians are peaceful & loving people.

  6. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    nyantakyi is useless, trumu useless
    SOMEONE TELL ME WHY THE GH LEAGUE IS STILL GOING ON, OR WHY THEFA CUP IS STILL GOING ON?
    BULLSHIT!
    FOREIGN PLAYERS ARE ON HOLIDAYS IN GH, BUT IN GH OUR PROF PLAYERS ARE STILL PLAYING. WHY? ARE THEY DONKEYS OR HORSES?

  7. GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:

    I DONT UNDRSTAND WHY THE LEAGUE HAS ENEDED. GH PLAYERS ARE NOT ANIMALS. EVERYWHR ELSE IN EUROPE, THE LEAGUE HAS ENDED, BUT IN GH, PLAYERS ARE STILL PLAYING. WHY?

    NYANTAKYI IS THE MOST USELESS, TRUMU BEING EVER. FOOL.

  8. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Big ups to the Maestro himself, you’re truly a GREAT legend.

  9. amos zambia says:

    A humble player of his time.We salute you.