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Juventus desired me to snub Ghana’s 2004 Olympic Games invitation – Stephen Appiah


Previous Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah has unveiled how currently being patriotic and determining to symbolize Ghana at the 2004 Olympic Games contributed to his limited spell at Juventus.

Mr Appiah manufactured the revelation on Saturday’s Joy Sports activities Hyperlink on Joy FM with Nathaniel Attoh. In accordance to Appiah, Juventus tried out to influence him not to go for the video games but he snubbed.

The 39-yr-old signed for Juventus in 2003 after impressing tremendously in the prior period with Brescia.

“I acquired an invitation from the FA [Ghana Football Association] that I have to go to the Olympics. When the letter arrived at Juventus, they did not want me to go simply because the league [Serie A] was about to start out. The league was starting August 8 and I was supposed to report to Ghana camp in Athens on August 4,” Appiah narrated.

“So Luciano Moggi [director] Roberto Bettega [vice chairman of the board of directors], and lawyer invited me to their business office and started off convincing me to switch down the invitation.

I asked that I would go and assume about it. I questioned for two times but Moggi explained he required the respond to the following day.”

He additional discussed that: “the up coming day I collected self-confidence, went to the office and advised 3 of them that I really like Juventus, they gave me system but one matter that I can say is regardless of what I do my state comes to start with so I want to go to Athens. I went to Athens came back and that was the end of Juventus.”

Soon after the tournament, Appiah failed to get typical actively playing time and had no solution than to leave the club.

He was transferred to Turkish facet Fenerbahçe in 2005. Appiah created a identify for himself at the club and he is really regarded by the admirers.


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