Former Juventus midfielder Steven Appiah inspired my move to Hearts - Botchway

Published on: 28 July 2020

Hearts of Oak midfield midfielder Frederick Ansah Botchway has disclosed that his move to the club was inspired former Ghana and Juventus ace Stephen Appiah. 

The 23-year-old joined the Phobians prior to the start of the 2019/20 Ghana Premier League season after parting ways with Liberty Professionals.

Ansah has become a key cog of Coach Nii Odoom's side having excelled in his debut campaign - making 10 league appearances before the suspension of the topflight due to coronavirus pandemic.

According to the midfielder, Appiah has been his mentor over the past years and wants to follow his footsteps so he can also become a great asset for the nation.

"I'm an Appiah fan and his qualities as an attacking midfielder is certainly undisputed having played for the biggest clubs around the world. Even with his short spell at Hearts people still remember him and that is the legacy I want to leave at Hearts," he told GNA Sports.

"His leadership qualities for the senior national team are unprecedented and had led Ghana on various fronts especially on the world stage.

"He is an inspiration to many young midfielders and has impacted my play tremendously both on and off the field," he told the GNA Sports.

Steven Appiah won the 1996 FA Cup and the 1997 Ghana Premier League trophy with Hearts of Oak before leaving for Italy.

When asked about his ultimate target for Hearts, he said, "My dream is to win the league with Hearts considering the long period of trophy drought and I hope to achieve it in the upcoming season," he said.