Sports News Sat, 23 May 2020

I called Abedi, Kuffour, Akonnor for their blessing when I was made captain - Stephen Appiah

Former Ghana International, Stephen Appiah has revealed that he initially rejected the chance to be captain of the Black Stars because there were more senior players than him when he was first offered the role.

Speaking on the Joy Sports Link on Saturday, Appiah who is regarded as one of the best leaders of the Black Stars said, it took the intervention of Richard Kingson and other players for him to accept the role.

"When I was offered the captaincy, I said no I think Richard Kingson was the more experience in the team at the time so I said he should lead the team. But Kingson tapped me and told me to accept the role and that he and the other senior players would support me. After that I called Abedi Pele and informed him. He offered me advice and told me I was a born leader so I shouldn't be afraid. I also called Osei Kuffour, Akonnor and others to seek their blessings."

Appiah is best referenced as the man who rallied the Black Stars to their first FIFA World Cup in 2006 (Germany). He also lead Ghana to the quarter-final finish at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Appiah said despite not winning a trophy with the Black Stars he is satisfied with what he did for the country and looks back with pride.
Source: www.ghanaweb.com
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