Former Ghana international Charles Asampong “Taylor” says he rejected a ransom offer of $50,000 to stop playing football and became a pastor.
The 38-year-old has been working as a pastor for some time now after quitting the game.
Once a big star in Ghana, “Taylor” was close to a bumper deal at Saudi Arabia late in his career but for a revelation opened to him to switch his attention to become a preacher man.
“Sometimes people don’t understand, he (Pastor Badu Cobby) called me to come in front and he made a prophecy and told me I have to stop playing football and that God says I should do his work,” he said.
“I was surprised because I have never been to any bible school and I can’t even talk in public, so I was wondering how I could work as a man of God.
“So I came back home to think about it, so I went back to church and told him I have heard and ready to work as a man of God.
“God created me so if he wants me to serve him, why not. Who knows what would have happened if I continued to play the football
“God has his own way of doing things at every point in time. My wife was even angry with me because they offer (from Saudi Arabia) was good and they told me they would give me $10, 000 a month. They gave me a car and a phone and also agreed to give me $50,000 for two years which was good money.
“And my manager also became furious with me because he had invested in me a lot and this was a time he could have ripped his investment and because of that we are not really in good terms as at now.
“Am now an associate pastor at Dr Badu Cobby’s church.”
The ex-footballer made a big statement for himself featuring for both Hearts of Oak and Kotoko.
By Frank Darkwah