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“At the age of 17-18, I had built my first house” – Abedi Pele

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African football icon Abedi Ayew Pele recently shared his experience of building his first house, a milestone achieved nearly two decades ago.

He revealed that the funds came from his earnings in Qatar, where he signed his initial professional contract.

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After transferring from Real Tamale United (RTU) in Tamale to a club in Qatar, Pele noted that while RTU received over $50,000 from the transfer, he was only given a job with the team.

Talking about when he turned professional, he told Bola Ray in an exclusive interview: “We went to Libya in 1982 and then we came down, so I will say that at the age 17 or 17-and-half I had turned professional, and my first professional country was to go to Qatar for about two years, I won every trophy.

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“AI earned US$10,000 at the time (after time in Qatar), that was 20 to 22 years ago and RTU had a signing-on fee of 50 to 60,000 dollars… I think it was a huge amount.

I had no amount for signing but I had my salaries and bonuses.

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“When I came I built a small house at Alajo getting to the railway line, so at the age of 17-18, I had built my first house,” he disclosed.

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