Ghana defender Sammy Kuffuor admits career is over

Published on: 22 May 2010

Ex-Ghana defender Samuel Osei Kuffuor has finally bowed down to reality by admitting that his playing career has ended.

Ghanasoccernet.com exclusively quoted his agent Guiseppe Dello Russo 18 months ago saying the former Bayern Munich player had ended his career.

But Kuffuor doggedly slammed the report claiming he was eyeing moves to the United States or the Middle East before he hangs his boots.

Since then the former Champions League winner has not played for any club with a proposed deal to end his career with Asante Kotoko failing to materialise.

Now Kuffuor has admitted that he will not be taking to the field again as he wants to concentrate on his family. “My mind is tired, my body is tired, there is time for everything. You don’t need to force yourself to do things you are not capable of doing anymore,” Kuffuor said.

“I have been in the system for 18 years and I think it is enough. It is time for me to just concentrate on my family.”

The 34-year-old, who won several titles with the German giants, has struggled since leaving the club in 2005 to return to Italy by signing for Roma.

Kuffuor failed to impress at Roma and was sent out on loan to Livorno and Ajax, who both refused to give him a permanent deal.

The former Ghana international has decided to call time on his career following the recent disappointments.

His agent Guiseppe Dello Russo: "He did decline offers from Bundesliga and 2nd Bundesliga. He said he wanted to end his career. I am very sad."

Kuffuor was relased by Dutch giants Ajax in June after just six months on loan at the club.

Russo blamed Ajax coach Marco van Basten for the club's decision not to hand him a permanent deal.

"He wanted to leave there asap. He was unfortunate at Ajax," Russo added.

Kuffour spent 11 seasons with Bayern, raising from the youth teams to be a prominent first-squad member who lifted the UEFA Champions League with the club.

He was an integral part of the Bayern squad that won the 2000-01 Champions League, also scoring the winning goal in the 2001 Intercontinental Cup, being subsequently named man of the match.

Comments

  • S.BLACK
    says: 9 years ago
    alright now..Baba rest u are tired as u stated. E don do..
  • TRIBE FROM KING SOLOMON
    says: 9 years ago
    DONT GIVE UP THINK OF COACHING YOU CAN BE ONE OF THE BEST COACH.
  • sabacous
    says: 9 years ago
    i'm yet to know why ghanaian players retired in their early 30s.ballack,raul,paul scholes,ze roberto,seldof,cannavaro,del pierro,zanetti,roberto carlos,loca toni,fillipo inzhagi are all in the same age bracket or older than kuffour.so i fínd it strange to accept his decision.the fact of the matter is,u can't cheat nature! yaw preko,abedi,tony yeboah,ck akunor,sam johnson,gargo,nii lamptey,ibrahim tanko,mallam yayah,isaac asare,ali abrahim etc all retired in their early 30s just b'cos of age cheating.appiah 29,j.mensah 27,laryea 29 are in their retirement stage as compare to sarpei 33 and addo 31.we think we're cheating others,not knowing we're the big lossers at the end of the day.
  • kb to savacous
    says: 9 years ago
    Ma friend, do u know what keep these guys going even at old age? Do u know what they inject into their bodies to keep them going? I wld prefer retiring when when your body cant take it anymore than to result to performance enhancing drugs. some of these guys even go to the extreme to use coke and some steroids which are difficult to identify in the blood stream.... I have no prove but i think the Italians are the no. 1 culprits in the use of these drugs.
  • kb to sabacous
    says: 9 years ago
    sorry i mean sabacous
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    w will forever remember u for ur great exploits for mother ghana sammy tuga.u have made ghana known in germany.ayeekooo.
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    hahahaha.u off the track again,mr "i know all" sabacious. check ur facts.to ur info mallam yahaya is playing active football here in germany for tsv amicita vierheim. please dont throw dust into peoples eyes cuz i here to coprrect ur mistakes.hhahahahahhhaa
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    ibrahim tanko is currently assistant coach of japanese outfits urawa red diamonds.his former coach and mentor volker finke(16 years coach of bundesliga outfit fc freiburg) took him to japan.he might not be playing but he is into active soccer.check ur facts.