Stephen Appiah names his best Black stars squad and heaps praises on 2006 World Cup squad

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Erstwhile captain of the Black Stars Stephen has showered praises on Ghana’s 1992 African Cup of Nationals (AFCON) squad, describing them as the best he has ever seen.

Ghana that year were runners up at the AFCON, they lost the final to rivals Ivory Coast by 11-10 on penalties after a scoreless game. The squad consisted of the likes of Abedi Pele, Anthony Yeboah, No Odartey Lamptey, Mohammed Gargo, Kwesi Appiah etc.

Stephen Appiah in 2006 led Ghana to it first ever World Cup in Germany, the squad that year consisted of some brilliant players. The likes of Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah etc.

Since then, the two squads have been compared and former skipper Stephen Appiah was asked to choose between them.

“For me it was the 1992 squad. We had Edward Ansah, Nii Dodoo Ankrah, our former coach Kwesi Appiah, Frimpong Manso, Emmanuel Armah, Tony Baffoe, Stanley Aborah, Nii Odartey Lamptey, Tony Yeboah”, he told 3News.

“When we were growing up, these were the players we were watching, wanted to be like. It was amazing watching them at the Africa Cup of Nations.”

Stephen Appiah went on to shower approbations on the team he led to the World Cup in 2006.

“The 2006 squad was something else. The players on the bench were equal to those on the pitch,” he said.

“When we played against USA, we all saw Haminu Dramani’s performance but he didn’t start our first two games. Derek Boateng was as good as myself and Michael Essien

“At the back, Shila Illiasu replaced Osei Kuffour against Czech Republic and we saw his performance. It was an all round team. Those who were on the bench as good as the first 11. Michael Essien was playing so well at Chelsea and Muntari was playing very well too. We had Asamoah Gyan was performing in his club, Olele was like a stopper. It was an all round team.”

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