Chibsah quits to serve PFAG

BY: Kweku Zurek
Yusif Chibsah for PFAG
Yusif Chibsah for PFAG

Former Black Stars midfielder, Yusif Chibsah, has announced his retirement from football to focus on his duties with the Professional Football Association of Ghana (PFAG).

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The former Kumasi Asante Kotoko player told the Graphic Sports in an exclusive interview in Accra last Wednesday that he brought his career to an end after truncating his contract with Swedish football club, Ljungskile SK.

Chibsah, 33, said his primary focus as the Head of Player Relations of the PFAG would be to seek the welfare of Ghanaian players across the world.

"I am now the Head of Player Relations with the Professional Footballers Association of Ghana. I’m based in Sweden, so most of the time I am active with the guys over there and we coordinate a lot to extend our assistance to those elsewhere, especially the local players in Ghana," Chibsah revealed.

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"I have quit active playing, so I am now much involved in Ghana with the players here. I was supposed to finish my contract in December 2017 but there is a lot to do with the PFAG and other stuff so I spoke to the club and we came to a mutual agreement to end the contract".

Chibsah started his career as a 16-year-old with King Faisal Babes in 1999 and went on to make 45 appearances, scoring 32 goals over a four-year spell.

He made his name in Kotoko from 2003-2006 as he became the mainstay in the midfield and won a silver medal in the CAF Confederation Cup in 2004.

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Chibsah later had a nine-year spell with clubs in Scandinavia and Turkey, including IFK Mariehamn, Gefle IF, Djugardens IF, Alanyaspor and GAIS.

He was the captain of Ghana's Olympic team that exited in the first round of the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, as well as the Black Meteors team which won bronze at the 2003 All Africa Games in Abuja.

Chibsah was also on the standby list of players for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

He made 13 appearances for the Black Stars and holds a 2nd Class Upper Division in HND Accountancy certificate from the Kumasi Polytechnic.