Former Ghana Black Stars defender, Joe Addo, last Saturday, extolled the benevolence of three fellow Ex-Black Stars teammates.
Mr. Addo revealed that Abedi Ayew Pele, Tony Yeboah and Ali Ibrahim always gave out their share of bonuses they received from the senior national team to the local players, adding that the three senior players never for once took the bonuses for themselves.
According to the Ex-Ghanaian international who was the guest on JoySports Link, a weekend Sports programme on Joy 99.7 Fm anchored by Sports Journalist Mr. Nathaniel Attoh, Abedi, Tony and Ali were at the time the only foreign players in the Black Stars who plied their trades in Europe.
The 48 year old said the kind gesture of the three was extra motivation to them the local players and made them play for them (the three) and want to die for them (the three).
“When we were playing and they are in front, we wanted to die for them because we knew if we win they will give bonuses even before the administrators.” Addo explained.
Addo also mentioned in the interview that he would have been the most capped player of the national team if he had continued to play for the Black Stars and had not quit football to pursue further education. According to him, he joined the national team when he only 19 or 20.
“I always wanted to play but I also wanted to go to school…and I lost out on the football, and I think if I had stayed and played football I would have been the most capped player in the national team because I started playing the national team when I was like 19 or 20 and I could have played all the African Cups, but I left that to go to school. And I think it was one of the best decisions I ever made.”
Joe Addo played for the Black Stars from 1990 to 2000.