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Ghanaian footballer Sammy Kuffour tells BBC he wants to be a priest

Ghanaian international soccer star Sammy Kuffour has revealed to the BBC that he wants to be a priest or a missionary when he finally hangs up his boots.

"I believe that one day I will be a priest," he tells the BBC's Religious Affairs reporter Jane Little. "I'll stand in front of thousands of people and share the word of God with them."

In a moving interview for the BBC World Service programme Heart and Soul to be broadcast on 23 April, Kuffour also opens his heart about the death in January of his 15 month old daughter, Godiva, who drowned in January after falling into a swimming pool at the star's home in Accra.

"Maybe Godiva was an angel," he said. "She came to clear things in my life. She came to do what she had to do and now she is with God."

The 27-year-old defender also reveals how his family were so poor that when he was selected to play for the Ghanaian under 17 side, his mother sold the family TV to pay for his soccer boots. He later bought the television back again with the bonus he picked up from the game.

Kuffour has two years left of his contract with German team, Bayern Munich, with whom he won the Champions League in 2001.

He has pledged that the tragic death of his daughter will not affect his performance on the field and said his Christian faith gave him the courage to face the future.

In the interview he tells the BBC how German players would watch in bewilderment as he prayed before games and how he finds support among fellow Ghanaian Christians living in Munich.

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Heart and Soul: Celebrity I Believe will be aired on the BBC World Service at 9.45am GMT (repeated 2.45pm GMT) on Wednesday 23 April 2003.

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