The veteran left-back or defensive midfielder was born in Ghana but raised in Cologne and he has spent his entire career playing in Germany. He started off at Fortuna Cologne before going on to represent Duisburg, Wolfsburg and current club, Bayer Leverkusen. He has found it a struggle to make it into the Leverkusen team this season and started only three games.
He has been a Ghanaian international for the past decade, but after making his debut in 2000 he fell out of favour with a succession of coaches and went almost five years without a call-up. Recalled in time for the 2006 World Cup, he was named in the squad, but did not make an appearance in Germany.
After another absence, this time of two years, he returned to the Ghana side in November 2009 and played at the Africa Cup of Nations. He has competed in 10 out of Ghana’s 11 games at the last two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
Sarpei, who is the oldest member of the squad, is a qualified car mechanic. His older brother Edward used to play in the Bundesliga with Cologne.
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