Soccer maestro Abedi Pele has spoken about his family, soccer life and more in a no-holds-barred interview on Hitz FM with the controversial Blakk Rasta. Pundits were surprised when Blakk Rasta announced that the Maestro was in the studio with him. This is due to the fact that Abedi hasn’t granted a one-on-one interview in a long while.
Coming in the wake of the epic performance of his club, Nania FC in their giant killing feat when they beat Fabulous Kumasi Asante Kotoko in the MTN FA Cup final, Abedi Pele spoke about his infancy, soccer career, Ghana soccer and his family life. The ex-skipper of the Black Stars told Blakk Rasta on the latter’s Taxi Driver’s Black Sense segment that for him, soccer was a passion he indulged in for fun, playing without any consideration for money as a teenager.
The teenage prodigy that he was, Abedi Pele began his career with Real Tamale United from where he began wearing the national colours at the age of 16. Before then, Abedi had won the Colts Footballer of the Year, heralding a bright soccer future.
As a youngster growing up at Dome in Accra, he was referred to as Dome Pele during his colts days with Great Falcos. According to him, as a teenager, his major problem in football was women because due to his exceptional skills, he had many admirers and they were virtually all over him. He recalled that at the age of 16 years, he inscribed on a stone at the Ghana Secondary School in Tamale that he ought to play for the Black Stars, a prediction he saw through at age 17.
Speaking of his family, Abedi told Blakk Rasta that contrary to popular speculations, he did not deny his first son Rahim, otherwise he wouldn’t be living with him.
He explained that he was a bit surprised to return home from Qatar to realize that he had a son but he was advised by former Vice President Alhaji Aliu Mahama and one B.F. Fuseini to accept him. On the subject of drugs, he said he never tried it though he was close to people who used all manner of drugs. Sharing his experience in professional soccer, he told Blakk Rasta that he did not recall any game in which he failed to rise to the occasion. The maestro acknowledged Stanley Aborah, a former midfielder with the Black Stars, as one of the splendid players who had courage, passion and determination for the game.
Abedi Ayew advised football enthusiasts to support the local league and Ghana football as a whole so that the game would flourish.
At the height of his career, Abedi featured for Marseille in France and won numerous honours. Other clubs he featured for included Al Sadd, AS Dragons FC, Chamois Niort FC, FC Mulhouse, Lille, Lyon, Torino, 1860 Munich and Al Ain.
Currently, Abedi Pele is a very successful businessman and club owner.
Three of his sons, Rahim, Dede and Jorda,n have played for the national teams at various times, with Dede being the most popular of his sons. Dede is widely touted to even surpass the Maestro’s achievements, having led the national Under-20 team to conquer the world.
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