Football and chiefdom are not known to have a symbiotic relationship, but sometimes, especially in the African context, the two distinct and unique societal institutions clash at some point.
In fairly rare circumstances, football stars have flirted with the institution of chieftaincy, either as chiefs or as ‘heads of development’.
These distinctions, awarded to football stars, enjoin them to undertake various projects in the region where they render their honor.
Below are three Ghanaian football stars with chieftaincy titles
The legendary Ghanaian footballer was installed in 2019 as Ngoryifia-Doemenyotor of the Gbi Traditional Zone in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta Region.
The title translates to “kind-hearted progressive leader.”
Ghana’s all-time leading goalscorer has been awarded the prestigious post for his contribution to the sporting and charitable pursuits of the country.
The Arsenal midfielder could be the country’s latest chief after being crowned development chief of the traditional Krobo area on Friday, June 3, 2022.
In a big event held in his hometown, Krobo Odumase in the Eastern Region, Partey got the job in recognition of his charitable activities in the region as well as his football exploits which brought the community to light. .
Former Ghanaian midfielder Francis Bossman has been appointed leader of Sekyere Krobo in the Western region. Footballers royalty old name is Nana Gyebre III
Bossman was a key player for Hearts in the 2000s and was part of the team that won the inaugural CAF Confederations Cup in 2004.
He went on to win four Ghana Premier League titles with the Phobians before joining New Edubiase in the 2009/10 season.