Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has explained he failed to show up at Sports Personality of the Year Awards (SOYA) as chief guest after he was offered a derisory US$ 2,000 ( which is equivalent to Ksh 205,761) as appearance fee.
”Trust me it’s not about money, but some of us have kept in shape and branded ourselves so people must sacrifice also because there’s a reason why Appiah is called for an event and not other ex-footballers,” he told Soka25east.
”It doesn’t look good for my image to attend an event for US$ 2,000 dollars.
”I’m not the guy who talks too much about money so I told the guy that I would prefer to go to the event for free. I have done many events that I didn’t even take anything.”
SOYA organisers have since settled on former Kenyan international Mike Okoth as Appiah’s replacement. The event will take place Wednesday evening.