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Ex-Ghana captain Stephen Appiah backs Black Stars to end AFCON trophy drought

Published on: 22 November 2012

Ex-Ghana international Stephen Appiah wants massive support for the Black Stars to win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals.

Appiah played in two Nations finals in 2000 and 2006 but was unable to end the country's long search for the African title.

The 31-year-old was captain when Ghana failed to progress from the Group stage in Egypt six years ago.

Appiah missed the 2008 finals on home soil due to a career-threatening knee injury.

He wants all hands on deck to help the current set of players to lift the trophy in South Africa.

"They want to win the cup this time and the most important thing is that we have to support them," the former Juventus star said.

"We don't have to be negative because some of the players they are not like Stephen Appiah because I always say the more you put pressure on me, the more you give me the energy to prove you wrong."

Ghana open their campaign at the tournament on 20 January against DR Congo before facing Mali and Niger in Group B.



This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • Ghanaman says:
    November 23, 2012 12:46 am
    We shuld stop using black magic to win matches and u will see what will happen.
  • Blow says:
    November 22, 2012 11:10 pm
    Maka, you've really hit the nail on the head. The fact of the matter is do we have the team to beat Cote d' voire or Nigeria? Abeyie will never be called but with his experience, he will be that missing link in the team despite our so call Messi.
  • Kay says:
    November 22, 2012 10:14 pm
    Thank you Capito. Akwasi Appiah needs you to be around the players to psyche them up. Your presence is highly recommendable, and with John Mensah to push the guys to play above themselves. We need over 120% commitment and performance from the guys. I hope AA would recognize your importance.
  • Christo says:
    November 22, 2012 08:15 pm
    Maka now you don't want Akwasi Appiah as coach whom do you want to coach Ghana now? I thought you were one of those who were attacking former coaches Milo and Stevanovich claiming they are useless foreigners and that a local coach could do a better job with less money. I wonder if you can tell Ghanaians now which local coach can coach the Black Stars now? Now it is becoming clear those who really know about football and those who just speak without analysing the situation properly. I bet you must be regretting now.
  • maka says:
    November 22, 2012 07:58 pm
    Capito, its not about support oo; if its about support alone, then South Africa are already winners ..with their vuvuzelas, etc! Its about Akwasi Appiah calling the right players for the right positions and using them well for each tactic! But lets be honest---will this coach call the right players? And does he even have any tactics or plan in case his opponents change theirs suddenly? Can he get his substitutions right? Honestly speaking----it is only will power that will help the boys go thru the stages---but Akwasi has no clue as to what he's doing! And u mark my words capito.....u will see the useless players he's gonna call for the Afcon! He must just be ready for the sack....cos since he took over, the boys have been using sheer will power to win....cos it is obvious that he;s totally clueless! So capito, its not about support.....cos as for the support, blackstars have it paaaa.....but its about the coach and his selections! Cos u cant send "donkeys" (metaphor) to do "horses'" work and win trophies!
  • yaw2 says:
    November 22, 2012 06:26 pm
    Quincy Owusu Abeyie in action....