mment Former Black Stars captain Stephen
Appiah has revealed that incarcerated
criminal Ataa Ayi was his bosom friend
growing up in Chorkor, a suburb in
Accra. According to Appiah, he could have become
an armed robber if God wasn’t on his side.
Born Ayi Ayittey, the convicted robber is
currently serving 160 years at the Ankaful
Maximum security prisons in Cape Coast, the
Central regional capital. Speaking on Starr Chat with host Bola Ray on Starr 103.5FM Wednesday, the former Juventus midfielder who captained the Black
Stars to its debut World Cup in 2006 said his
last visit to the Nsawam prisons revealed that
over 15 percent of the prisoners there were
his friends he grew up with at Chorkor.
“Ataa Ayi that everybody is talking about was my friend that I ate with,” Appiah said.
The former Accra Hearts of Oak, Fenerbahce
and Parma midfielder thanked God for his life,
adding that he could have ended up in a jail
room with Ataa Ayi if not for football.

05 Jun 2010, Milton Keynes, England --- Stephen Appiah of Ghana --- Image by © Matthew Ashton/AMA/Corbis
05 Jun 2010, Milton Keynes, England — Stephen Appiah of Ghana — Image by © Matthew Ashton/AMA/Corbis

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