Former Black Stars defender Samuel Osei Kuffour has hailed Stephen Appiah for exhibiting good leadership during his time as Black Stars captain.

Appiah was first handed the captain armband when Ghana faced Slovenia in a friendly fixture, he went on to lead the nation to secure a historic first-time qualification for the World Cup in 2006.

Despite been a senior in the team ahead of Stephen Appiah, the former Bayern Munich defender was full of praise for the ex-Juventus midfielder leadership qualities.

“Stephen [Appiah] was the captain. When we qualified to the World Cup in 2006, he never did anything behind me. He showed me respect because I was there before him and honestly, I never thought of being a captain because it is just a band,” Kuffour said.

“You show your leadership on the field of play. Let me give you a scenario here, during the 2014 World Cup, Messi was the captain for Argentina but you could see inspiration came from Mascherano.”
“Stephen was a leader, I loved the way he conducted himself in terms of leadership..”

Stephen Appiah made 69 appearance for Ghana