Former Asante Kotoko player Samad Wayne Abdul Oppong is set to embark on a new chapter as a United States military officer after graduating from the US Academy.
The 35-year-old, known for his heroics in the Ghana Premier League is poised to become the second ex-Kotoko player to join the US Army, following in the footsteps of Michael Adu Amofa.
A video circulating on X captured the joyous moment as the former AshantiGold player received his certificate, exuding excitement about this unexpected yet promising adventure in his life. The graduation ceremony marked the culmination of his journey through the academy, opening the doors to a military career in the United States.
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Oppong, who had two distinctive spells with Asante Kotoko, first from 2009 to 2011 and later returning in 2014, left an indelible mark on fans who affectionately nicknamed him “Okocha” due to his remarkable skill and the similarities he shared with Nigerian legend Jay Jay Okocha.
After retiring from professional football, Oppong made a significant life decision to relocate to the United States. Despite leaving the professional football scene, Oppong continued to engage in the sport, participating in friendly games between the Ghanaian Community in Ohio and the Sierra Leonean community.
Apart from his contributions in Ghana, Samad Oppong also showcased his skills, featuring for clubs like Ethnikos and MEAP Nisou during his football career in Cyprus.