Stephen Appiah Ready To Return To Hearts.
Former Black Stars skipper, Stephen Appiah, is relishing another soccer moment on the local front in the rainbow shirt before he finally hangs his boots.
Appiah, who was virtually hauled to the big premiership stage by Accra Hearts of Oak in 1995 from Mighty Victory, an Accra-based colts side, says his return to the club he loved is still on his minds.
He still recalled with nostalgia a thriller in which he was a co-actor in Hearts jerseys as the Phobians held Kotoko to a 3-3 draw in 1996.
“That match was special to me because it was the biggest game on the local front, and as a young boy, I distinguished myself.
“That draw gave Goldfields, [now Ashgold] the opportunity to win the league title as Kotoko failed to beat Ghapoha in Tema in the last fixtures,” he stated.
The midfield genius who also captained the Phobians has been preparing his mind for that swan song, saying that will happen when a deal he is eyeing fails to materialise.
The midfield gem told accraheartsofoak.com that he had been training on the quiet and was in excellent physical condition and ready for that move.
. “When the time comes for me to play for Hearts again, I will do.
. I’ll use my reputation and image to attract some commercial benefits for the club,” he assured.
Appiah wondered why the Phobians had abandoned their age-long tradition of developing young talents which brought the likes of himself and Ishmael Addo to soccer limelight.
He said:”I believe Hearts of Oak must go back to that tradition; that’s why I was happy to hear that the club was organising a talent- hunt for the reserve team. It should be encouraged and improved.”
Meanwhile, Stephen has disclosed that a brilliant young striker, Kenneth Okoro, discovered at the club’s talent-hunt exercise, attended the exercise on his recommendation.