has signed a two-year deal with German
Coach Felix Magath said Sarpei, 34, who has
also played for Bundesliga,in the
would add experience to his backline after the
departure of Brazilian.
“After Rafinha left (for Italy’s Genoa)
we were looking for a player who can play
both left and right in the defence,” he said.
The Ghanaian defender played a key role in
Ghana’s World Cup run to the quarter-finals last month.
The move will afford the versatile player an
opportunity to play Uefa Champions League football
with last season’s Bundesliga runners-up.
Sarpei has been invited for Ghana’s 2012 Africa Cup
of Nations qualifier against Swaziland on 5 September.
The vote was conducted amongst journalists around the world, particularly in Africa and England. Obi won the award for his solid defensive performances at the heart of the Chelsea midfield that have helped them rise to the top of the Barclay's English Premier League.
John Mikel Obi will be presented with his award at the Chelsea FC training ground.
The Premier League African Player of the Month award is a creation of the New African Soccer Group in celebration of the impact of African Players in the English Premier League. A winner will be awarded each month and it will be climaxed at the end of the season with a Player of the Year Awards event in London.
We look forward to your continued co-operation in the course of the season.
Executive Vice President
New African Soccer