Football legend Abedi Pele has advised young Ghanaian footballers not to
neglect the French language among the assets to acquire in order to excel in
The Olympique de Marseille hero participated as a guest in the first episode of the newly-released “Touch of France” TV show — remarkably hosted by France’s Ambassador to Ghana, H.E. Anne Sophie Avé.
Abedi attended the French Embassy-held ceremony which rewarded the winner of the first episode’s quiz with prizes from sponsor Decathlon.
The 56-year-old reminisced about his college days in the capital of the Northern
Region of Ghana, Tamale. At the time, he failed to take his French teacher’s classes seriously.
“I ignored that French teacher and one day, I found myself in France. The difficulties that I faced the first time… I couldn’t speak French,” Abedi confessed in an exclusive interview.
The 1993 UEFA Champions League winner went on to reiterate: “I really remembered that studying is so important in life; especially in football which needs communication. You need to interact. You need to talk to your coaches. You need to talk to your managers. And then, even the contracts: you need to look through your contracts before you can sign them’.
Referencing his appearance in the first episode of Touch of France, the midfield
maestro concluded on an optimistic note by stating that he is “excited that things like this [Touch of France TV show] are happening between the French Embassy and the Ghanaian communities.”
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