Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah has shed light on the motivation behind his decision to pursue a coaching career.
The former Juventus star has never hidden his desire to get in the dugout since hanging up his boots in 2015.
''I was having a different plan altogether as to what career I may pursue when I retire from active football,'' Appiah told Fox FM .
''I quite remember three years ago when Michael Essien and my other playing mates in Europe urged me to go into coaching.
''They motivated me by suggesting that from the way I command a maximum respect from my teammates, it'd be prudent for me to become a coach, and also judging by the knowledge I've gained on and off the field as a player. They were certain that I'll succeed.
''So I decided to ponder over it and I came to a conclusion that I've to take up my coaching course."
The 36-year-old's last club, though, was Vojvodina in Serbia.
"I've already registered for the course and very soon, I'll acquire my certificate, which I'm looking forward to be working with in the near future.''