Stephen Appiah Names His Best Ever Black Stars Team

Stephen Appiah, former captain of the Black Stars (Getty Images)

Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has named the 2006 World Cup squad as his best ever Black Stars team.

Led by head coach Ratomir Dujkovic, the 2006 squad represented Ghana at its debut World Cup and managed to exceed expectations.

Ghana team line up prior to the FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 Group E match between Italy and Ghana played at the Stadium Hanover on June 12, 2006 in Hanover, Germany. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Ghana was placed in Group E which also had Italy, the Czech Republic and the United States of America. The Black Stars recovered from a bumpy 2-0 defeat in their opening game against Italy to beat the Czech Republic by 2-0 before rounding it off with a hard-fought 2-1 win over the United States OF America.

Recounting the experience Appiah, praised the depth in quality of the squad.

“The 2006 squad was something else because if you look at our bench the players on there were equally as good as the starters,” Appiah said.

“Take a guy like Haminu Dramani he didn’t start the first and second game but the third match against the United States we saw his performance.”

“All though he was on the bench you could tell that he was ready when given the opportunity.”

“You could also see guys like Derek Boateng who was equally a good as myself and Michael Essien.”

“And then at the back we had a guy like Shilla Illiasu who came in for Osei Kuffour and did really well.”

“It was really an all round team,” he revealed.

Stephen Appiah is currently studying to acquire his coaching badges as he aims to become a full-time coach.

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source: citisports

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