There is always life after a sporting career and athletes or sports men are becoming smarter and thinking towards that direction. Many sports men or athletes have ventured into different areas after their sporting career. Some of the areas sports men have ventured into include coaching, administration, sports punditry, player management and agency and many other areas like purchasing and supply. Every footballer has a dream he wants to pursue after his football career. Most of these players begin to partially move into such areas at the twilight of their career. Those who want to go into coaching begin to take their coaching badges.
Those who want to go into administration equally enroll in some educational institutions to acquire their qualification. Talking about qualification and administration in football, Italy defender, Giorgio Chiellini comes into mind after he acquired a degree in management even though he has not retired from football. Ex-Belgium international, Vincent Kompany equally has a degree and currently working for Belgium top flight club, Royal Anderlecht.
Retired or retiring players who will want to enter into player management and agency will equally try take up courses towards that effect. Players have an automatic advantage when they want to become sports pundits. Having played the sport, they should have a fair idea of what to discuss and talk about when a topic is placed on the table. If they add a little education to their experience, it spices up his or her quality in terms of his or her profession. Some ex footballers who have become journalists and sports pundits include, ex-Liverpool defender, Jamie Carragher, ex Manchester United defenders, Garry Neville and Rio Ferdinand. Ex England international striker Garry Lineker has transitioned from a great footballer into a fine football journalist. These are some but a few things that have happened to ex footballers in Europe.
When we talk about ex Ghana internationals who have transitioned from their football career into other areas, we can talk of Anthony Baffoe. The ex Ghana defender after football became the deputy General Secretary of the mother body of African football, the Confederation of African Football. He served there until his exit 2021. Baffoe previously served on the FIFA and CAF Football Committees. He was also involved in organizing CAF and FIFA sanctioned tournaments. The 56-year-old was once a TV presenter on VIASAT 1 which metamorphosed into Kwese Tv but now defunct.
Some ex Ghana internationals have gone into coaches with notable names being Maxwell Konadu, Yaw Preko, Yaw Acheampong, Odartey Lamptey, Ibrahim Sunday, Charles Akonnor, the late Jones Attuquayefio, goalkeeper Richard Kingston, John Paintsil, Laryea Kingson, Otto Addo, Michael Essien, Mohammed Polo, Karim Zito, Felix Aboagye, George Lamptey just to mention a few of them. All these ex Ghana internationals have gone on to acquire CAF License A to be able to coach at the highest level.
There is however a good news for Hearts of Oak goalkeeper, Benjamin Mensah. The experienced goalkeeper has been with the Phobians since joining them from second tier club, New Edubiase United FC. He is at the twilight of his career and is now thinking about life after football. Hearts of Oak have equally thought about arranging a training course in coaching to help him venture into coaching after he calls time on his career. It will be a great news for Ben Mensah if he gets the nod to attend the course because it is rare these days to see Ghanaian clubs offer such a hand to their long serving players.
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