Former Ghana captain Stephen Appiah insists the 2006 Black Stars squad at the FIFA World Cup in Germany was the best team he played with at the national team.
Appiah and his teammates dazzled the world with scintillating football in the West African nation’s first appearance at the World Cup, as Ghana reached the round of 16.
“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,” he told he told 3news.com’s Yaw Ofosu Larbi an Instagram Live Conversation with Betway.
“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.”
The 39-year old played for all the national teams from U-17 to the Black Stars, making 67 senior appearances for Ghana. He was also a member of the Ghana team that reached the quarter final of the World Cup in 2010.