He shot on the scene as the manager of former Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan but the romantic relationship between Samuel Anim Addo and football which has metamorphosed into a sexy lifelong cloak did not start today.
Twelve years ago, my relationship with the young football administrator, now a director of Division One side Young Apostles FC – commenced when we met one early morning at the fine grassy surface at the University of Ghana campus working as scouts for international football Academy – Aspire, based in Qatar.
That was when I met him for the first time, and honestly that was me. Sammy had been in the business for, only God knew when, before our meeting.
At Aspire, our beautiful brotherly affair started. My smallish body and my baby face, symbolizing the youngest scout among the over-hundred scouts across the country, won for me a lot of admiration.
And Sammy was the first to walk to me and said “I admire your passion and intelligence during your submission at the meeting last night,” reminiscing an introductory session we had the previous day.
That was just the beginning. Yes the beginning.
Five years before our meeting, Sammy had been in at the top of affairs when it comes to grassroot football, forming a Colts (Community) club called Saraphina Soccer Academy in 2002.
And as has been the emblem of passion with grassroot football, it starts with future administrators at a younger age and they escalate with it on the international scene as we are seeing now.
While in school at the Accra Academy, where his amazing passion for the game escalated at a galloping pace with Asamoah Gyan growing to become the biggest product under his watch, Sammy Anim Addo’s touch of grassroot football and discovery of talents has been phenomenal.
While serving as a scout for Aspire, his immense knowledge and hard work earned him an appointment as the Team Manager for FC Babarosa, a Division Two club owned by former CEO of Ajax Academy Captain Andy Sam, then Country Director for Aspire Academy.
Football and travelling have been bedfellows and just as it has always been, the young Anim Addo moved on from FC Babarosa to Medeama SC in 2009, then in Division One and worked with them until they became a top flight side.
Not only has Anim Addo been into football for over two decades, his wife, a former national team player who became TV Sports Anchor with TV Africa owned a club in the Ashanti Region where she hailed from.
Betty Anim Addo was the owner of another colts club called Gold Stars in Kumasi, a clear demonstrative nomenclature of an obvious football family.
So it’s obvious how the marriage between Sammy Anim Addo and football has been stupendous.
Following his amazing stay with Medeama SC, Anim Addo joined Ghana Premier League side King Faisal Babies FC in 2013 and then to Phar Rangers in 2017 as a management member.
Sammy’s rise to the position of an Executive Chairman of Division One League side Young Apostles FC clearly defines how he has prepared himself for top management position in the country’s football.
His phenomenal passion for grassroot football has been demonstrated in the singular concept of the Baby Jet U16 Tournament which has been staged for two years running.
The beautiful concept of unearthing talents from the hinterlands to become stars in future has seen several young footballers all over the country assembling at the Accra Academy School Park for the tournament annually.
Several young talented footballers from Bolga to Kumasi through to Sogakope to Damango to Accra have been unearthed by this beautiful concept of talent identification at the grassroot level, consolidating Sammy’s desire to build the game from down to top, the perfect approach towards the emancipation of football in every country.
Obviously, such a brain on the Ghana FA Executive Council will certainly be a plus to the development of football.