Former Ghana Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah has named his best all-time Ghanaian players.
The list spanning several generations of national team squads was revealed in his new book “Leaders Don’t Have To Yell, which was launched recently.”
In the new 400 page memoir, the ex-captain of Asante Kotoko offers some career highlights on his choices for the various positions and why the 18 players merit selection into his best-ever Ghanaian team.
Coach Appiah enjoyed an awesome career at national and club level during his days with Asante Kotoko winning several trophies for both Ghana and club.
He led the senior team to the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 and was also on the bench during the 2017 and 2019 African Cup of Nations.
James Kwasi Appiah lost his job with the Black Stars when his contract expired at the end of 2020.
Below is his all-time starting 11….
1. Richard Kingson
“He has a good vision of the field, read the game well and had good anticipation skills”.
2. Ernest Appau
“During the 1980s when most of us were incorporating overlapping runs into our style of play, he was one of the best I ever saw”.
3. Offei Ansah
“He was the kind of player we referred to as a “hard guy” due to how difficult it was to compete against him. He was tactically disciplined and always had a winning mentality”
4. Samuel Osei Kuffour
“… he had a commanding presence at the back. His aggressiveness and his winning mentality made him a first choice defender most of the times”
5. John Mensah
“His height and physical build made him stand out. Because of the speed, he was able to cover many areas of the defence. He was very good in the air and used his strength to dominate opponents.“
6. Papa Arko
“He always played with an attacking mindset and was very good about switching the pace of the game as needed. One of his unique qualities is his ability to control and shoot the ball very well with both left and right feet.”
7. Michael Essien
“I selected him for this position on this team because he can play it well and switch smoothly if I needed to move him into another position. He knows how to make himself available for the ball, and he is very good at controlling the pace of the game.”
8. Stephen Appiah
“He was technically skillful, had good vision of the field and covered a lot of ground in the midfield. He led by example and controlled what was happening on the field with his ball handling and his motivation of other players. “
9. Asamoah Gyan
“Gyan is a powerful weapon in a team’s attack. He has great speed and knows how to get around defenders. “
10. Abedi Pele
“A natural leader, his tendency to always want the ball and his ability to create scoring opportunities for himself or other players made him an energizing part of the attack.”
11. Samuel Opoku Nti
“His high work rate and his intelligence on the field made him extremely successful at both club and the national team.”
Muntari, Tony Yeboah, Harrison Afful, Frimpong Manso, Sam Ampeh, Nketia Yawson, Kofi Badu, Kwadwo Asamoah, Andre Dede Ayew, Paintsil, Boye, Edward Ansah make the bench.