PFAG Board of Directors
Mr. Samuel Kuffour,
Samuel Kuffour began his football career with King Faisal Babies in Ghana. He played for some of Europe’s top teams including Germany’s Bayern Munich, Netherlands’ Ajax Amsterdam and Italian side AS Roma. Mr. Kuffour’s most memorable years were spent in Bayern Munich where he won a UEFA Champions League trophy in 2001, six German league titles and four German Cups. Mr. Kuffour became the youngest defender of all-time to have scored in the UEFA Champions League in 1994. For a long time, Mr. Kuffour held the record for African player with most appearances in the UEFA Champions League. Mr.
Kuffour played for Torino F.C, Livorno Calcio and FC Nürnberg. He was part of the Ghana squad that won the FIFA World U-17 tournament in 1992. He won bronze with Ghana’s U-23 team, the Black Meteors at the 1992 Olympics. He is a three-time winner of Ghana’s Footballer of the Year award. In 2007, Mr. Kuffour was recognized as one of the top 30 African Players of all time. Kuffour was a nominee for the Ballon d’Or Award in 2001. Having enjoyed an illustrious career, Mr. Kuffour is currently a business man and a football analyst on Africa’s biggest sports channel SuperSports.
Mr. Joseph Tetteh Zutah
Captain and key midfield maestro for Ghana Premier League side Medeama Sporting Club. Zutah is widely regarded as an excellent player, and also boasts of a degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Cape Coast, where he excelled both on the football pitch and in the lecture halls.
Mr. Abedi Ayew
Mr. Abedi Ayew was one of the first African players to make a significant impact on European club football. He played for teams in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and most famously France. Abedi Pele as he is popularly called was very instrumental in Olympique Marseille’s prominence in the European Champions League during the early 1990s.
Amongst his international accolades, he was often included in FIFA “All-star” selections and captained the African all-stars to victory over their European counterparts in the Meridian Cup of 1997. He played for Real Tamale United (Ghana), Lille, Olympique Marseille and Lyon (France), Torino (Italy), 1860 Munich (Germany), and ended his career with Al Ain FC in the Emirates. He was voted the African Footballer of the Year on three occasions. He has played 73 times for Ghana, many of them as an influential skipper. Abedi has transitioned to football management as the owner of Nania FC, an Accra-based club that won the 2011 FA Cup. He has also served on the FIFA Task Force Committee and CAF Football committee. Abedi Pele is also a member of the Public Interest Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
Mr. Kwame Ayew
Mr. Kwame Ayew started his football career with Africa Sports of Ivory Coast. His European career took him to clubs such as FC Metz, União de Leiria, Vitória F.C, Boavista F.C., Sporting Lisbon and Lecce. Europe was not the only frontier he graced with his scoring abilities as he traveled to Saudi Arabia to play for Al Ahli club, to Turkey for Yimpas, Yozgatspor and Kocaelispor and finally China where he played for Inter Shanghai and won the golden boot award. Ayew has made several appearances for Ghana’s senior national team, the Black Stars and was a member of the U-23 team that won bronze at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Ayew is now a Pastor and is building his own church. He has also served on the Management Committee of the Ghana Football Association.
Mr. Augustine Ahinful
Mr. Augustine Ahinful started his club football in Ghana for Obuasi Goldfields Football Club now Ashanti Gold SC where he won a top scorer award in the league. Mr. Ahinful moved to Europe to continue his football career and at various periods played with Zurich Grasshoppers in Switzerland, Venezia in Italy, Boavista F.C. and União Desportiva de Leiria in Portugal and Borussia Dortmund in Germany. He also played for Trabzonspor and Ankaragucu in Turkey. Mr. Ahinful served his nation well as an active member of several of Ghana’s national teams during the 1990s and early 2000s.
He has been capped 19 times for the senior national team the Black Stars. Mr. Ahinful was also a key member of the teams that represented Ghana at the 1993 FIFA World Youth Championships and the 1996 Olympics. Mr. Ahinful has served on the Under-20 Management Committee of the Ghana Football Association.
Mr. Ibrahim Tanko
Renowned former Ghana international footballer who enjoyed a hugely successful professional career as a midfielder featuring for top Bundesliga sides SC Freiburg and Borussia Dortmund, with whom he won the 1996/1997 UEFA Champions League. The Kumasi native also excelled for the Olympic and senior national football teams, the Black Meteors and the Black Stars respectively. He has also enjoyed a good step-up into the coaching realms as part of the technical teams at Freiburg and Koln in Germany, and Urawa Red Diamonds in Japan. Tanko has also served as Head Coach for the Local Black Stars, the Black Meteors, and first assistant coach of the Ghana Black Stars.
Mr. Stephen Appiah
Mr. Stephen Appiah is the 1st Vice President of the PFAG. Mr. Appiah started his football career with Accra Hearts of Oak Sporting Club in Ghana. He then moved to Italy, where he has successfully played for Udinese, Parma, Bologna and Juventus in the Siere A. He left Italy for Turkey, and represented Turkish giants Fenerbahçe S.K. where he won the prestigious Turkey Footballer of the Year award in 2007. “Il Kapitano” has proudly represented Ghana at all levels, and his admirable leadership skills proved instrumental as he captained the Black Stars to their maiden World Cup tournament in Germany in 2006, and again four years later at South Africa 2010.The Former Captain of the Senior National Team, affectionately called “Tornado” retired from the game in January 2015. Today Stephen Appiah is a member of the Black Stars technical team, and devotes a lot of time to the activities of the PFAG and his own foundation, the Stephen Appiah Foundation.
Professional Ghanaian footballer plying his trade as a goalkeeper in the Ethiopian Premier League with Jimma Aba Jifar FC. He has previously donned the colours of Medeama SC where he played as captain and won two FA Cups, Lusaka Dynamos, and Asante Kotoko FC. He has represented the country at youth level, and also featured for the Local Black Stars.
Ms. Elizabeth Addo
Captain of the national women’s team the Black Queens, Elizabeth Addo is currently flying the flag of Ghana proudly in the Scandinavian region. She is a star forward for Djurgardens IF in the Swedish Damallsvenskan. Her excellent and long-winding journey to the top started from Tesano Ladies FC to ashaiman Ladies, River angels FC in Nigeria and then to ZFK Spartak Subotica in Serbia. She re-announced herself to the main European leagues at Ferencvarosi TC in Budapest where she won the Hungarian Women’s Cup and played in the UEFA Women’s Champions League. Addo has also excelled in stints at Kvarnsvedens in Sweden, Boston Breakers and Seattle Reign in the American Women’s Soccer League, Western Sydney Wanderers in the Australian W-League, Jiangsu Suning in Japan, Appolon Ladies in Cyprus and the North Carolina Courage in the United States.
Addo has proudly represented Ghana at the various under-age levels and is now the deserving poster girl for the Black Queens.
Ms. Gifty Appiah
Widely hailed as “Ghana Black Queens razor-sharp striker”, Gifty Appiah has indeed paid her dues for the national cause over the course of her successful playing career. She has been a key fixture in the Black Queens set-up for many years, serving as deputy skipper when Ghana hosted the rest of the continent during the 2018 African Women’s Cup of Nations. Despite her excellence on the pitch, Gifty is also warmly revered for her vocal encouragements of her colleagues and her burning desire to ensure even greater feats for all female professional footballers in the country.