Stephen Appiah welcomes Black Stars backroom staff role as reward for year's of selfless hardwork

Stephen Appiah led Ghana to two World Cup finals

Stephen Appiah led Ghana to two World Cup finals

By Ameenu Shardow

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Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah believes his nomination by coach Kwesi Appiah into his backroom staff for the 2014 World Cup is simply the end product of his years of toil and dedication to the Black Stars.

The 33-year-old is the first to be nominated into a planned support staff for Appiah at June’s World Cup in Brazil.

The ex Juventus man is expected to be joined by other experts in coaching, medicine and administration to play key behind-the-scenes role before and during the tournament.

And the former Black Stars captain who led the side to two successive World Cup qualifications believes his nomination by coach Kwesi Appiah is a deserved reward for his hard work for the national team during his active days.

“When I heard the news that Kwesi Appiah recommended me in one of his interviews I was really happy but I think that the seeds that I planted I am harvesting it now,” he told GHANAsoccernet.com.

“Because I planted it [the seeds] with my heart and I don’t know the thing about Stephen Appiah that everybody is talking for me to be with the team.”

The former Fernabahce midfielder has welcomed his inclusion into the Black Stars setup in line with the modern trend in world football where more ex national stars are involved.

“The other countries are doing it,” he adds.

“People sometimes ask questions I don’t understand. You see the [Zinedine] Zidane’s doing the same thing and we praise them so we should praise our own.”

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Joe Lartey says:

    Fuck this negative dude. He will destroy the black stars vibe.

  2. Joe Lartey dont talk like that,we all remember when black stars before the 2006 world cup qualifiers was nothing to write home about.Stephen was the one who encouraged the lites of Essien,Muntari when they all said they werent going to play for Ghana but focus on Club football.Joe dont forget so soon.This guy stephen Appiah is a hero.He has made the black stars what it is right now.

  3. Dont forget Kwesi Nyantakyi too.Big ups to u sir.You might not be perfect u have played your part.Kwesi dont forget our local league we need a better league.Our local league is suffering.

  4. benito says:

    Stephen is my favorite black stars skipper of all time.very committed and so his input will be very necessary in the dressing room

  5. Larry says:

    i am so much happy to hear the best captain of Ghana all he is saying was so true if you and i were in his show we will know what he is saying why will some one who have play all his heart for the nation and now that he or she don’t play any more if the black is playing police and some security will not let them watch pretend they don’t know who this guys are may go for give that bad ass police and security habaaaaa Ghana

  6. Ato The Particular says:

    its sounds good for me the likes of Stephen Tornado to join the Current Black Stars technical Bench sometimes it pays for such commitments.Only Tornado should not interfere with selections as he already said.Its not a bad idea but my brother this is Ghana for you as a friend of mine said he heard Stephen Appiah was stepping in for Akwasi Appiah as black stars Coach,funny is’nt it players focusing on a particular match is very important.After all Man U has Ryan Giggs as a player coach.