Ghana national team captain Stephen Appiah says he is not going to retire from football.He has responded passionately to requests from his homeland for him to retire, insisting “I will play until I’m 50 years old”.
The 29-year-old is under intense pressure back home to hang up his boots following his depleting form due to injuries but the veteran insists it would be premature to retire now.
“There are a lot of wonders in the world,” the Bologna midfielder said to Adom FM.
“Ten years back, I thought at age 32 one should retire but in football nowadays players quit at 36 and 38 years. It all depends on how you manage yourself and when Paolo Maldini was 41 he was playing better than those at 25,” Appiah argued.
“People ask me when I will retire but I tell them I will play until I’m 50 years old.”
He joined Bologna in November 2009, but injuries meant he only played two Serie A games, before captaining Ghana at the World Cup in the absence of Michael Essien.
Appiah has come under intense pressure in Ghana to retire because of his injury problems, but he has come out fighting and believes he is more than capable of continuing for many years to come.