Veteran Ghanaian coach, J.E. Sarpong has revealed that Asamoah Gyan once sent him money to pay his rent when he was in financial difficulty.
Gyan was enrolled in Accra Academy Senior High School under Sarpong’s tutelage, and Sarpong is largely recognized as the one who first discovered him.
The former Ebusua Dwarfs manager served as Accra Academy’s Sports Master, encouraging pupils with a passion for sports.
Gyan’s football career flourished under his direction, and the striker later signed with Liberty Professionals.
Speaking to Ernest Brew Smith on his YouTube program, Sarpong described a time when Gyan saved him from financial ruin.
He described how he was struggling financially a few years ago, but Gyan came through with a sum of GHc7,000 to pay his rent.
“I was unable to pay for my rent after the death of my mother so I reached out to Asamoah Gyan and told him how urgent I need his help because I wouldn’t have gone to him if it was not that serious. I told him I’m not asking for a house but money to settle my rent allowance,” the veteran coach said.
“He promised to give me the money after a Black Stars and he did even though I thought he might change his mind as always because the team didn’t even get a favourable result in that game.”
“He gave mu GHc7000 cash in a brown envelope and I immediately gave the money to a friend I was with because he can change his mind.”