An international friendly game against Slovenia was the gateway for Stephen Appiah’s dream of becoming Ghana’s captain.
Appiah led the Black Stars as captain from 2002 through to 2010 before retiring from the National team.
The former Juventus star has been described as one of the most influential captains to have ever led the National team helping Ghana to two FIFA World Cup appearances.
He further made history as the first captain to lead the Black Stars to the FIFA World Cup in 2006.
The 39-year-old explains how he ended up with the role as Ghana captain.
“It was a friendly game against Slovenia, it was launch time and we were preparing for the game when the Coach then (Milan Živadinović) named me as the captain,” the former Fenerbahçe man told GTV.
“Olele (Richard Kingston) was sitting next to me so I raised my hand and told the Coach “Olele” is here and he was the senior player in the team so I think he should be the captain.
“Whiles I was talking, Olele just tapped me on the shoulder and told me Stephen you will lead us.”
The Ghana legend also goes down as one of the players to make history in 1995 when the Black Starlets won the FIFA U17 World Cup for the second time.