Abedi Pele is one of the extraordinary pioneers of African football in Europe. One of the main extraordinary African players to have an effect on European club football. He played for great teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most broadly France where he helped Marseille win the 1993 UEFA Champion’s League.
He was a fixture in the African Championships of the 1980s and 90s with Ghana, however they never figured out how to arrive at the FIFA World Cup. He has since become one of the continent’s most respected and important ambassadors.
As a 17-year old he had helped Ghana win the Countries Cup in 1982 yet his endeavors to lead the group to a comparable triumph as chief in the 90’s were of no karma. 1992, when they arrived at the finals, he was suspended of two yellow cards and needed to watch his group losing on penalty kickes.
Abedi holds the CAF Cup as the player who has been at the Nations Cup Finals more than some other on the mainland, beating even the unbelievable Roger Milla of Cameroon to the record.
He showed up at the thirteenth Nations Cup Finals in Libya in 1982 and for the following 16 years (finishing at the 21st Finals in Burkina) kept on gracing the most lofty football celebration on the mainland, first as an individual from Ghana’s crew ascending to become chief in 1990, as skipper.
Abedi’s splendid adventures on the field took him to France, Italy, Germany and the Center East, where he pulled in a huge number of fans. He was instrumental in Olympic Marseilles winning the European Club Championship trophy in 1993, the first run through a French group won it.
After the ’82 African Cup, Abedi Pele left Ghana. He had a short spell with F.C. Zurich in Swiss. His France career started with Chamois Noirt, then Montpellier, then Lille before he moved to Olympique Marsielle. He later joined Lyon, then Torino before completing his European part with 1860 Munich.
67 international caps for Ghana
50 Bundesliga appearances and two goals (1860 München)
1992/1993 Champions League winner (Olympique Marseille)
African Player of the Year (1991, 1992 and 1993)
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