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Stephen Appiah bullied at Baba Yara Stadium

Published on: 25 March 2013
Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah was bullied at the Baba Yara Stadium during Ghana's World Cup qualifier against Sudan on Sunday

Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah was bullied by security personnel when he tried to enter the VIP lounge at the Baba Yara Stadium during Ghana's 2014 World Cup qualifier on Sunday.

The Ghana Ministry of Sports lined up the former Juventus man who led Ghana to two successive World Cup appearances and a group of former internationals to motivate the Black Stars squad ahead of their 4-0 drubbing of Sudan.

Appiah was on his way to the VIP lounge at the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi when he was turned away by a security personnel at the entrance.

Officials at the lounge intervened to prevent further embarrassment but the security personnel stood his ground causing Appiah to decide to leave the Stadium for his child's birthday party which he abandoned to motivate the Black Stars players.

It took the intervention of Asante Kotoko financier Kennedy Agyapong to talk the former Fenerbahçe man into rescinding his decision.

However after more dignitaries came into apologise to Appiah, the security personnel claimed he does not know Stephen Appiah.

Appiah took the opportunity to air his concerns about the treatments melted out to ex Ghana internationals.

Stephen Appiah led Ghana as captain between 2003 and 2010 when he officially retired from international duty after the World Cup in South Africa.

Appiah won the 1997 Ghana Premier League with Hearts of Oak as a youngster before achieving more laurels in Italy, winning the Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana with Parma and Juventus respectively.


This article has 17 comment(s), give your comment
  • kofi appiah says:
    March 26, 2013 06:52 am
    the security man should be severely punished
  • vine says:
    March 26, 2013 05:53 am
    ey so who in ths country do not knw s.p.wayna mater ths.
  • Chock-dee says:
    March 25, 2013 09:01 pm
    is de security officer not a ghanaian.
  • Ktee says:
    March 25, 2013 08:11 pm
    Am sure the security man was nt born in ghana at the time appiah carptened the black stars of ghana. It's a shame.
  • Don Justy says:
    March 25, 2013 06:52 pm
    Jxt unfortunate, tornado. Pls dnt dwell on dat to conclude how all of us ghanaians will treat u. U are a hero n we will 4ever cherish u....
  • Quincy Owusu Abeyie says:
    March 25, 2013 06:37 pm
    Appiah should have asked the FA for such access. Not nice to see a whole former Ghana captain in such situation but the security man has to be promoted for standing on his grounds.
  • Blow says:
    March 27, 2013 11:19 pm
    When will the Ghana football Association heed the call by many a Ghanaian to give ex Black Stars players unlimited access to its corridors and given a VIP treatment at every stadia in the country. Appiah and other ex players had been mentioned throught the week in connection with raising the moral of the players and all of a sudden such a humilation! Where was Nyantekyi and his cronies ? When Muntari stood his ground on the Menaye issue at the same stadium, we blammed and call him names. Capitano, Nobody can bring a good man down.
  • Ralph says:
    March 25, 2013 06:35 pm
    Instead of relying on face recognition, can we come up with badges to be worn by those to be admitted into such special place? ...and GSN why use the plural word 'personnel' to describe a single security officer?
  • Anokwale says:
    March 25, 2013 06:04 pm
    The security guy was just doing his job. It is unfortunate but that is how it is. In the Western World that happens all the time. A celebrity assumes VIP and then gets blocked out.
  • vim! says:
    March 25, 2013 05:19 pm
    lets b truthful here. was appiah holdin any vip card guranteein him a seat over there or he just thought that cause he is an ex-captain so he can just walk over there? The securit guy did his job its the politicians who chop and life a im-above-all life in this country you must blame. appiah im sure thought that once the bigman is doing me too i must do some
  • selfmade says:
    March 25, 2013 03:31 pm
    For all u know,the security personnel is telling the truth!!! Most players looked diff when they are not in jersey!!!! Lets forgive and forget!!
  • Thegreatest says:
    March 25, 2013 03:08 pm
    Good security officer. Excellent. If your papers are not right, no access. ID is essential and permits are important. Good officr
  • Idan says:
    March 25, 2013 03:21 pm
    All de security personnel who were @ the stadium should go to hell.
  • Pk dee says:
    March 25, 2013 02:53 pm
    Is this security a Ghanain?which part of ghana was he hired frm? Even ppl wth dark past lik rwanda, burundi,somalia,eritrea etc,etc knos nd adore captain tornado appiah.this security hav to b arrested to b subjectd to investigation.he is nt aghanain.
  • sadato says:
    March 25, 2013 02:38 pm
    This security man mast be insane to bullie our elcapitano and mast be fired.
  • Boniface Agboklu says:
    March 25, 2013 02:18 pm
    why all theae ambarrasment caused to Stephen Appiah?
  • gamatche says:
    March 26, 2013 10:51 pm
    we congratulate this idiot for maltreating our hero, and call it security when this same security stand aloof while arm-robbers and thugs terrorize us in kumasi