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Participating in World Cup is enough consolation for failing to win AFCON – Appiah

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Former Ghana captain, Stephen Appiah has said participating in the World Cup compensates for his inability to win trophy as Black Stars captain.

Appiah, who was the leader of the Black Stars playing body when Ghana booked a first ever FIFA world cup ticket in 2006 has defended his inability to win a trophy for Ghana insisting that playing at the world cup is more than enough a consolation.

The former Juventus midfielder is often regarded as one of Ghana’s greatest captain and comparisons have been made between him and the likes of Abedi Pele et al.

Appearing as a guest on Joy FM’s Sports Link Program monitored by GhanaNewsPage.Com, Appiah said:

“Yes (I am satisfied). People came, they won trophies but their target was to play in the World Cup. So far as we had the chance to qualify to have a feel of the world cup, I think (then I am okay),” he replied.

He however conceded that he would have loved to win a trophy with Ghana.

As a young boy, he was just a squad member who got rewarded with just 35 minutes at the 2000 edition of the tournament as Ghana suffered elimination at the Quarter Finals to South Africa.

His first shot as captain at the continental competition came in 2006. Fresh from World Cup qualification, the Black Stars had an awful tournament as they were sent packing at the Group Stages.

Appiah told Joy Sports, “Yes I will love if we won a trophy with the Black Stars, the African Cup. I played only two African cups (2000 when we co-hosted with Nigeria and 2006).

“I will love to be here today talking about winning something with the Black Stars but all the same at least I had the chance to qualify to play in the world cup” he concluded.

Source: Ghana | GhanaNewsPage.Com | Owura Kissi Stephen

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