Didn't he used to be rubbish? Stephen Appiah of Ghana

Published on: 03 July 2010

By Harry Pearson

The Black Stars captain wasn't fit enough for Tottenham but he is still calling the shots in his national team's midfield.

Regarded as a veteran and father figure of the Ghana team despite being only 29, the former Juventus midfield juggernaut spent a month on trial at White Hart Lane in January 2009 and was believed to be part of a trio of transfer wheeler-deals Harry Redknapp was planning that also included tabling a bid for England's positionally dysfunctional centre-back Matthew "Cock" Upson.

With Our 'Arry apparently fretting over his fitness, the "Tornado's" final trial match was for Spurs reserves at Reading.

The Ghana radio station My Joy FM afterwards claimed the Black Stars captain "athletically marshalled the Spurs midfield" in the 4-4 draw, while a Spurs fan, Simon Fletcher, who watched the match apparently told the Ghanaian media: "I am surprised that Harry has not given Appiah the damn contract. He is miles above the midfielders we have in our team. All the talk about fitness is rubbish."

Sadly Mr Fletcher was not the one calling the shots.

Everybody's favourite Cockney geezer decided Appiah's dodgy knee wasn't worth the risk.

Strangely, Appiah has managed more minutes on the pitch at this World Cup than Ledley King did, proving that the Spurs boss has just what it takes to succeed Fabio Capello.


  • Ghana Midfield Rocks
    says: 9 years ago
    Ghanaweb, shouldn't you be attributing copied content to the person who wrote this? I read this on the British Press like a few days ago..
  • JKQ
    says: 9 years ago
    Um Appiah played well but he cant last 90 minutes. He is not the same player he used to be unfortunately, he is not the Tornado of old. He struggles to run onto passes, he gets outpaced by defenders. What he does have is an amazing presence that calms players down, his passing range is astonoshing and his leadership skills second to none. This is the type of player that GFA must out on the coachin staff th day he retires.
  • Fu-Chu
    says: 9 years ago
    Appiah must be approached immediately and talks start about him joining Ghana's coaching staff at some capacity.
  • Man T
    says: 9 years ago
    Fifa cheated Ghana
  • Nana Kofi
    says: 9 years ago
    Look at the goal Muntari scored. He tried 3 shots and one resulted in a gaol. Kofo Asamoah tried 9 shots and only one was on target, none of them resulting in a goal. This is why we talk about experience. Though not of his former self, Appiah's experience helped a great deal in this WC. Its a shame we couldnt reach the semis. Appiah will certainly be a good coach if he opts for that as a profession
  • fap
    says: 9 years ago
    FIFA didn't cheat Ghana! It's simply a matter of inclarity in some of the game's rules that have to be re-looked at in the name of "fair" play.
  • bronx
    says: 9 years ago
    Damn, i can't stop maself from feeling the hurt. Its so painful.... Suarez is a cheat and needs to be punished by fifa.
  • Eb
    says: 9 years ago
    JKQ I agree with you and not just cos ya my bro. lol. Its time we start encouraging the ex footballers to get their fifa badges and start performing on the technical team. look at Holland with De Boer. Its inspirational for the younger players to see their country footballing legends assisting with the technical set up.
  • Ben
    says: 9 years ago
    and did the article state that APPIAH IS JUST 29???