Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah and players have welcomed the congratulatory message from Kevin-Prince Boateng in the wake of their heroics at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
The AC Milan ace, who resigned from the Black Stars in November 2011, took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to express his delight after watching the team beat Mali 1-0 last Thursday.
The hard-fought victory put the little-fancied Black Stars on the cusp of qualification for the quarter finals of Africa’s flagship football competition.
“Congrats to Ghana Black Stars!!! Very good performance against Mali,” Boateng, who plays for Italian giants AC Milan, wrote.
Appiah, who was the Black Stars assistant coach when Boateng resigned from the national, is happy to see the Germany-born star expressing affection for the country of his father.
Boateng switched nationality to play Ghana before the 2010 World Cup and his decision to quit the national team shocked Ghanaians before his association with the Black Stars hugely boosted his career, securing him the big money move to AC Milan.
Coach Appiah unsuccessfully attempted to convince Boateng to return to the Black Stars fold and has warmly received the congratulatory message from Boateng.
“It is nice to hear. I have not even heard this. Actually, I don’t even know how this tweeting thing but it is good that players who not involved are showing concern,” Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah said when asked about Boateng’s tweet.
“I also keep saying it is about Ghana so once he is Ghanaian and showing support is well appreciated.”
Midfielder Derek Boateng, who played with the former Germany international at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is also delighted that Kevin is following the progress of the Black Stars
“We are very happy that he is still supporting the nation because he has a lot of good friends in the team and we supported him when he was playing with us,” the FC Dnipro player said.
“We know that he will never forget the country and we are wishing him well and we are very happy and he should keep on supporting the nation.”
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, who was at the press conference, nodded in approval to Kevin Boateng’s message.