Stars To Arrive On Thursday For Sammy Kuffour's Testimonial

Football stars Lothar Matth´┐Żus and Andy Cole are among the star names who would arrive in the country on Thursday for Sammy Kuffour's testimonial in Kumasi on December 23. The ex-Ghana international will be joined by a host of world renowned footballers as he bids his final farewell to the game after making his international debut in 1993. Cameroon's Rigobert Song and Raymond Kalla, Daniel Amokachi and Jay-Jay Okocha from Nigeria and South African duo of Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish will also be on parade on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium. According to organisers, Sammy Kuffour will first line up for the 'Friends of Kuffour team' who will be spotting branded Bayern Munich shirts before swapping sides to wear the national jersey for the last time when he joins a select Black Stars team. Kuffour will then carry with him the Ghana flag and take the final lap of honour in the last ten minutes of the match and will be joined by colleagues who would follow up with the flags of all the sides he played for during his sterling career. Tickets range from GH₵ 4:00 - Popular Stand, GH₵ 7:00 - Centre Line and GH₵ 30:00 - VIP. A three-time Ghana Footballer of the Year, Kuffour, announced his retirement in September 2008 after a career spanning over a decade and having appeared at every tournament organized by FIFA; U-17, U-20, Olympics, World Cup as well as four appearances at the Africa Cup of Nations. He spent a successful period with Bayen Munich from 1993 to 2005 and won everything there is in club football from the Bundesliga, UEFA Champions League and the Intercontinental Cup. Kuffour was named by CAF as one of the 30 best African footballers of all time and was twice, 1999 and 2001, runner-up in the Africa footballer of the year award. He featured for Torino, Bayern Munich, AS Roma, Livorno and Ajax during his playing career.