Stephen Appiah was like a battle warrior on the pitch – John Paintsil

John Paintsil a former Black Stars defender has hailed the influence of former captain Stephen Appiah during their playing days at the Senior national team.

Paintsil speaking on Max TV’s Black Stars Classics – World Cup edition, labelled Appiah as a “warrior” on the pitch.

Appiah, popularly known as “Tornado”, has been lauded as the most successful Black Stars captain by many.

A view Paintsil shares;

“Stephen Appiah would transform into a battle warrior anytime we stepped unto the pitch. Appiah is one of the most inspirational people I have ever played with, he was the “Dog” of the team. Stephen’s influence on the team during my time was very big, he commanded from all angles”.

He went on to say that Stephen would bark at a player but would encourage him at the same time, he revealed that Appiah was also like a brother to all his teammates but never joked with his responsibilities on the pitch.

“We did everything together, he was like a brother to us. We prayed together and played together as a team”.

The former Liberty Professionals defender said Black Stars lost to Brazil in the 2006 World Cup because of inexperience and poor communication among the defenders.

He was quick to point out that the experience has taught him a lot of lessons which will go a long way to make him a great coach in Ghana.


Source: Mutala Yakubu

Recent articles

GPL Week 33: Hearts of Oak crowned league champions

Accra Hearts of have been crowned Champions after a draw against Liberty Professionals. Hearts needed Bechem United to beat Kotoko and that happened as the...

Copa America : Messi claims first major trophy with Argentina after Brazil win

Lionel Messi ended his wait for a first major international title as Argentina beat Brazil in the Copa America final in Rio’s Maracana stadium. Messi,...

Euro 2020: Razak Pimpong bemoans performance of referee in Denmark’s defeat to England

Former Ghana International, Razak Pimpong has bemoaned performance of referee Danny Makkelie in Denmark's defeat to England in the Semi Final of the Euro...

Ebusua Dwafs coach Kuuku Dadzie faces charges over alleged match fixing statement

The Compliance and Integrity officer of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), has taken notice of a statement made by Ebusua Dwarfs coach James Kuuku...

GFA releases statement on violence and hooliganism at sunyani Coronation Park

The Executive Council of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), at its Emergency Meeting held on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 on hooliganism in our football,...

Brazil reach finals of Copa America

Lucas Paqueta sent defending champions Brazil into the Copa America final with a first-half winner against Peru at the Nilton Santos Stadium. Neymar beat three...

Leave a reply

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here