The Apostle General of the Royal House Chapel, Rev Sam Korankye Ankrah, has stated that the only tribute Ghanaians could pay to honour former Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah, is to troop to the Accra Sports Stadium in their numbers on June 7, 2015 to support him when he formally hangs his boots.
The clergyman after welcoming Appiah and his entourage to his residence when they paid a courtesy call on him last Tuesday, noted that Appiah had been a dedicated servant of the nation for the past 24 years and that “It was time Ghanaians honoured individuals who committed themselves to the nation”.
"You have served the nation for the past 24 years leading the Black Stars to two World Cup tournaments where they impressed and made all Ghanaians proud.
Your legendary and inspirational leadership on the football pitch whenever the Black Stars played, united all segments of our society. I, therefore, urge all Ghanaians to use Appiah's testimonial football match to make a statement that we will cherish and honour our own while they are alive." he stressed.
Rev. Ankrah further said the habit of not honouring national heroes was a "curse" which must be broken on June 27, 2015 in order to move the nation forward.
Stephen Appiah, himself a member of the Royal House Chapel revealed that he had consulted Rev. Ankrah before deciding to organise a fund-raising dinner on June 26 at the Banquet Hall of the State House as well as the testimonial match on 27, 2015.
He also used the occasion to officially invite Rev. Ankrah to the two events, the fund-raising dinner and testimonial match and thanked him for his guidance and blessings throughout his career.