Abedi Pele: Rare photo of Ghanaian legend at Benin side Dragons pops up

Abedi Pele: Rare photo of Ghanaian legend at Benin side Dragons pops up

- A rare photo of Abedi Pele when he played for a club Benin has popped up online

- Abedi Pele played for Dragons after the AFCON in 1982

- He went on to feature for top clubs like Marseille and 1860 Munich

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Ghanaian football legend, Abedi Pele, is one of the respected football stars to have come from Africa.

Before Abedi Pele became a global star, he played for some local clubs including Real Tamale United (RTU).

YEN.com.gh has sighted a rare photo of Abedi Pele when he was a 'small boy'.

Abedi Pele: Rare photo of Ghanaian legend Benin side Dragons pops up
Abedi Pele: Rare photo of Ghanaian legend Benin side Dragons pops up
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In the photo, the young Abedi Pele was seen in a jersey of Dragons, a top-tier club in Benin.

Abedi Pele opted for Benin after the two biggest clubs in the country- Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko- failed to sign him.

This was two years after he had returned from Libya where he helped Ghana win the 1982 Africa Cup of Nations.

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The then rich owner of the Benin side, Alhaji Gbadamassi, signed the talented Ghanaian youngster and he went on to help the club to reach the quarter-final of the CAF Cup which is today known as the CAF Confederation Cup.

Abedi Pele retired from active football in 2000. Before hanging his boots, he featured for clubs like Marseille, 1860 Munich, etc.

In 1993, he helped Marseille to win the UEFA Champions League after defeating AC Milan.

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He capped 73 times for Ghana, scoring 33 goals in the process.

Meanwhile, former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has named Frank Amankwah, Samuel Osei Kuffour, Abedi Pele and himself among others in his all-time best Black Stars XI.

For the goalkeeper, he chose Richard Kingson and placed Frank Amankwah, Patrick Allotey, John Mensah and Samuel Osei Kuffour in defense.

He placed Michael Essien and himself in the central midfield while putting Laryea Kingston and Sulley Muntari to the right and left wings respectively.

Appiah chose Abedi Pele as the supporting striker behind, Asamoah Gyan.

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