Ghana to honour retiring captain Stephen Appiah

Published on: 24 August 2010

Ghana captain Stephen Appiah will be honoured by his country with a testimonial match following his decision to retire from international football.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) says it will bid the retiring Black Stars captain a befitting farewell after the influential player wrote to the federation to announce his decision to end his national team career.

The match to celebrate Appiah's achievements as a Ghana international will come off later in the year against an opponent yet to be named.

"For us Stephen Appiah has become a symbol of our football history as he proudly represented the badge,” the Ghana Football Association said in statement.

"He is an example for all, for the youth and future generations. We are very proud to have had the honour of having worked with such a true leader.

"We intend to honour him with a befitting testimonial match later in the year."

After making his debut in 1996, Stephen Appiah went on to make the Black Stars one of the feared sides in the world.

The former Hearts of Oak ace united the squad previously plagued by serious infighting that hindered the progress of the national team for decades.

He scored 17 goals in 68 games for Ghana and during his captaincy, the Black Stars twice secured qualification to the World Cup finals – the first time in the history of the country.

Comments

  • No Yawa
    says: 9 years ago
    U DESERVE EVEN A STATUE TO SHOW APPRECIATION FOR WHAT U'VE DONE FOR GHANA THOUGH I THINK IS TOO EARLY FOR SUCH A DECISION...GHANAIANS THINK DE YOUNG ONES CAN DO IT WITHOUT DE GUIDANCE OF DE EXPERIENCE PLAYERS...TIME WILL TELL.U WILL FOREVER REMAIN A HERO IN MA HEART MAY DE GOOD LORD BLESS U ND UR FAMILY.
  • maxwell maccarthy
    says: 9 years ago
    CAPITAANO U DESERVE IT WO YE CHAMPION! WE'LL REMEMBER U ALL DE TIME IN GHANA FOOTBALL 4 UR HUGE JOB DONE! KUDOS AND U'VE SET A GR8 ROLL MODEL 4 OTHERS TO FOLLOW....OBERIMA YE ADIA YE MA NO MO NA EYE....
  • james-welbeck
    says: 9 years ago
    it's so great. but i feel it's too early. anyway since we think the young ones could do better let's pray.
  • Reeves
    says: 9 years ago
    I dont know what to say about this Man, very humble, hard working, influential, leader with example. i know all will be well with him
  • d-rock
    says: 9 years ago
    goooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooddd
  • ghanblackstars
    says: 9 years ago
    ull always be in our thoughts(even tho i think its a lil bit 2 early but its ur decision) we ll miss u at the black stars
  • THE DON
    says: 9 years ago
    Undoubtedly, Capito has been the best captain Ghana has ever had, and has taken Ghana to another level.....I have a funny feeling that he cd still recover some of his lost form, and then do we call him out for retirement after fitting him farewell?>??? I would want him to lift up the CAN trophy for Ghana.......GOD BLESS YOU APPIAH!!!!!!!!! U ARE THE BEST!
  • AJ
    says: 9 years ago
    GOD BLESS U CAPITO, U R TRUELY A LEGEND
  • aacht
    says: 9 years ago
    others have laboured and we share their glory but for your absence blacks stars is incomplete.
  • Rassailor
    says: 9 years ago
    I salute you Stephen "Inspirational" Appiah......you are a true Ghanaian Legend!! Your name will forever remain on the lips of Ghanaians!!