It is rare to see a professional footballer in Ghana who doubles as a traditional ruler. But that is exactly what Samuel Appiah Kubi, who plays in the Ghana Premier League for two-time African champions Asante Kotoko, is doing.
Kubi, who is Kontihene of the Nkoranza Akonkonti Odumase Traditional Area, has the stool name, Nana Appiah Kumanin.
Briefly.co.za learnt that Kubi is living his dream of combining playing football and chieftaincy role and, according to him, he has managed to jump the initial challenges that came with it.
In an interview with Nhyira FM, Kubi revealed how he has combined football and role of chieftancy for three years.
"I'm from Nkoranza in the Brong Ahafo region and I'm the chief of Sefwiman. It's been three years since I was enstooled as chief, I had then returned from Madagascar. I made the elders aware I wouldn't leave my football career for the chieftaincy role".
"They initially didn't like the idea but I argued I wouldn't want to leave my passion for people especially the aged to worship me as a chief. It doesn't affect me because I perform rituals yearly and in the adjudicating of cases and emergency situations, I have elders who do that in my absence. I only go back in emergency situations."
He also added that, his teammates, the technical team and the management of Kotoko know that he is chief.
He stressed that he has no intentions of quitting football for chieftaincy now.
Kubi joined the Porcupine Warriors from Nkoranza Warriors this season.
Before his move to Kotoko, the 20-year old silky central midfielder was one of the best performers for Nkoranza Warriors in the Division one league.
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