Man of the Match: Stephen APPIAH

Thu, 22 Jun 2006 Source: fifa

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Stephen Appiah was the rock on which Ghana's historic qualification from Group E of the 2006 FIFA World Cup? was built. After the 2-1 win over the USA that cemented the Black Stars' place in the Round of 16, the Fenerbahce midfield dynamo was chosen by FIFA's Technical Study Group (TSG) as the Budweiser Man of the Match.

The talent, awareness and work-rate of the Ghana captain were crucial factors in his side?s success. In addition, the inspirational skipper struck the West Africans' second goal from the penalty spot in first-half injury time - a goal that proved decisive in the final analysis.

Appiah was the linchpin of the Ghana attack, and practically everything that Ratomir Dujkovic's men did went through their midfield colossus. He has enjoyed an immaculate tournament up to now, and he stood out with his performance here as a genuine world-class competitor.

TSG member Rodrigo Kenton was duly fulsome in his praise, saying: "Appiah distributed the ball very well, controlled the pace of the game and brought the best out of his team-mates. He was always in control. He brought all his experience to bear, taking charge of the game, and ensuring his side never lost their shape."

Source: fifa