I know Jose Mourinho will be looking around to sign African players for Fenerbahce – Stephen Appiah

Published on: 03 June 2024

Stephen Appiah, a former Fenerbahce midfielder, believes that the club's new manager, Jose Mourinho, is actively seeking African players to bolster the team.

The legendary Portuguese manager was presented as the coach of the Istanbul-based club following his departure from AS Roma in January.

Appiah has responded to this development with optimism, asserting that Mourinho's track record with African players suggests he will be scouting for talent from the continent for the upcoming season, including Ghana's Alexander Djiku.

"As you rightly said, Jose Mourinho has a proven track record with African players, and those he's worked with have consistently proven themselves, including Didier Drogba, Solomon Kalou, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, and many others," Appiah told Responsible Gambling.

"What I understand from his approach is that he's likely already scouting for African talent. Let's wait and see if he follows through. I know he's highly regarded in this region, and fans here are eager for his success."

Stephen Appiah accumulated over 60 league appearances for Fenerbahce between 2005 and 2008.

During his tenure with the Turkish giants, the former Ghana captain secured two titles: the 2006/07 Turkish Super League and the 2007 Turkish Super Cup.