Ex-Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has offered an opinion on what caused Ghana’s defeat to Italy at the 2006 FIFA World Cup.
Appiah made history by becoming the first player to captain Ghana in a FIFA world cup game as the Black Stars opened their account at the Mundial with the Azuris.
Ghana lost the game 2-0 but subsequently overcame the defeat to post two wins and book a ticket to the next stage.
Many have blamed inexperience as a reason the Black Stars lost to the eventual winners of the competition.
In as much as Appiah hasn’t ruled that out, he has opined it’s really a case of suffering a lapse in concentration that caused the defeat.
“I am not going to say inexperience. The concentration was not there 100%”, he told Joy Sports.
“The game that we played against Italy, we played better than them, we ran more than them. We did everything…Ghana being our first world cup; we lacked one or two things. It was our first time. We lost a bit of concentration.”
“After that game, we went to the dressing room and that gave us the confidence that we can do something in that tournament,” Appiah recounted.
Ghana beat Czech Republic and the USA next to qualify from the group before getting eliminated at the Round of 16 stages against Brazil.