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TUSKER: African stars and their side-hustles

03:00 GMT 06/11/2018
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Tusker joins Goal in celebrating the African stars who have vision and see life beyond football.

Despite the fact that most footballers are known to prefer remaining within the profession even after retiring, these modern-day masters of the beautiful game are expanding their horizons as they hustle beyond the sport.


  • Stephen Appiah

    Stephen Appiah

    A former captain of the Ghana national team, Appiah has for many years impressed his fans and foes alike with his sophisticated taste for good clothes. He converted his interest into a viable venture when he set up a fashion label StepApp. Profits from the clothing line are being channeled to StepApp Foundation.

    Appiah is a devoted humanitarian who has also set up a Community Library in Chorkor region.


  • Samuel Eto'o Antalyaspor

    Samuel Eto'o

    Perhaps one of the most traveled players around, the journeyman, Eto’o, who has played for 14 different clubs in almost all major leagues, has business interests in the telecommunication and fashion industries.

    Eto’o has shares in Set Mobile which he founded in 2012 in Cameroon to create jobs for locals and to encourage local investment.

    Two years later, Eto’o ventured into the fashion industry. The former Chelsea, Inter Milan and Barcelona striker has a fashion brand that produces shirts, caps, and sneakers.

    The clothing line named ‘Samuel Eto’o 9’ - designed and manufactured in Turkey- targets a global audience with the main focus on menswear.

  • HD Asamoah Gyan Ghana

    Asamoah Gyan

    Gyan is a renowned musician, especially in his native Ghana, where he is possibly more recognised for his dancing and vocal skills rather than his dribbling prowess. 

    The 32-year-old made his debut in the entertainment industry in 2010 with a hit song where he teamed up with music Star-Castro.

    Gyan has also scooped a number of accolades on the entertainment stage at the Annual Ghana Music Awards. 

    Gyan has a keen on eye on the importation of food products such as rice and noodles.

    And if that wasn't enough, the Black Stars striker recently acquired a license to operate an airline -Baby Jet Airline- in Ghana. 

    Gyan has additional interests in hotel management, real estate, and boxing promotion.

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  • Benni McCarthy, Cape Town City

    Benni McCarthy

    The former South African footballer, now Cape Town City coach, has enjoyed some fame in the music industry. In 1998 he featured with South African Kwaito band TKZee in the remaking of ‘The Final Countdown” which he titled Shibobo.

    The song went on to become a sensational hit selling over 100,000 copies in the first three weeks of release.

  • Didier Drogba Montreal Impact MLS 10302016

    Didier Drogba

    Drogba won four EPL titles, four FA Cups, three EFL Cups and one Champions League having scored a late equalizer against Bayern before hitting home the winning penalty that helped Chelsea lift the trophy. But his success extends beyond the pitch.

    According to Forbes, the Ivorian became a co-owner of the USL team Phoenix Rising in 2017, making him the first active footballer to own a club.


  • John Obi Mikel Nigeria 2018

    John Obi Mikel

    After a decade in West London, where he won three Premier League, one Champions League, two FA Cups, and the Europa League titles with Chelsea, Mikel finally left Stamford Bridge for a stint in China.

    The move to the Chinese Super League saw Mikel double his salary per week. With £140.000 hitting his account every week, Mikel channeled some of his earnings to the music business.

    The Super Eagles captain runs a Music Label named Matured Money Minds- MMM. The business, that was launched in 2012, is said to be under the full control of his younger brother, Patrick. The label kicked-off its operation by signing four artistes - Splash, Kido, Edgar, and Charass.