Jamie Lawrence could be considered for fitness trainer role under Kwesi Appiah

Published on: 04 April 2017

England-born Jamaican international Jamie Lawrence could reprise his role as Black Stars fitness trainer under returnee coach Kwesi Appiah.

Lawrence was first appointed as Ghana's fitness for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and performed a similar role at the 2017 AFCON.

The 44-year, who played for English Premier League side Leicester, is said to be owed outstanding bonuses from those tournaments but is likely to rewarded for accepting to return to his UK base even though he was owed.

The Black Stars management committee is likely to impress on Appiah to allow Lawrence stay on because of his excellent character and human relations during his two-year tenure.

The former manager of Southern League side Ashford Town, who is a qualified fitness trainer, will put the Black Stars through their paces to keep them in top shape for the competition.

Lawrence notably played Premier League football for both Leicester City and Bradford City, having also played as a professional for Sunderland, Doncaster Rovers, Walsall, Wigan Athletic, Grimsby Town and Brentford before playing in the Non-League game for Worthing, Harrow Borough and Margate.

Jamie Lawrence will be the Black Stars fitness trainer for AFCON He also represented Jamaica 24 times.

Lawrence was, as a youth, involved in crime and in 1990 received a four-year prison sentence for a bank robbery.

While playing for his prison side he was spotted by Cowes Sports, and then while playing for them spotted by Sunderland manager Terry Butcher.

Jamie Lawrence will be the Black Stars fitness trainer for AFCON Since then he has cleaned up his life and has served as a mentor for several black children in the UK to have now become sports stars.

He became the author of his own autobiography From Prison to the Premiership, published in 2006, which was co-authored with Ron Shillingford.