Regarded as one of Africas most celebrated defenders, Samuel Osei Kuffuor has named Frimpong Manso and Emmanuel Armah as players he looked up to during his early days.
“When you are young as a player, you will have a mentor, ”
“I was in [the Ghana national team] camp with Frimpong Manso and Emmanuel Armah and I really wanted to be like them because the way they were playing was amazing”, He told goal.com
The former Bayern Munich defender added that he wanted to be better than them later, just as he did two other defenders; Brazil’s Julio Cesar and Germany’s Lothar Matthaus.
“But my thinking later was that I wanted to be better than them”.
“When I had the chance to move to Torino in Italy, I wanted to be like Julio Cesar of Brazil. He was my mentor. So when I had the chance to play against him, I wanted to be better than him. So my dream was to get better every day.
“When I had the chance to play alongside Lothar Matthaus, that was a privilege for me. I wanted to be better than him as a defender.”
The defender who lost the African footballer of the year title twice, first in 1999 to Nigeria’s Nwankwo Kanu before losing out to El-Hadji Diouf of Senegal in 2001 maintained that his aim was to be regarded among the elite defenders in the world.
‘My ambition was to be one of the top defenders in the world and at a point in my career, I was like one of the best in the world because everyone was saying ‘you’re too good, you’re this, you are that.”
Samuel Osei Kuffuor won the Bundesliga title on six occasions, German Cup four times as well as UEFA Champions League.