Bad memories: Stephen Appiah reveals his biggest regret as footballer

Stephen Appiah has disclosed that his inability to win a trophy with the senior male national football team of Ghana is something he regrets most as a footballer.

The 34-year-old is revered by most Ghanaians and is arguably the greatest captain of the Black Stars, after guiding Ghana qualify for their maiden FIFA World Cup in Germany and also secured another qualification to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa which his side became the third African country to reach the quarter finals.

But for a Luiz Suarez hand ball that denied them a late match winner and the resultant miss from Asamoah Gyan’s Spot kick, they could have been the first African side to book a place in the semis.

Despite this feat chalked by Stephen Appiah, he never won any gold medal with the Black Stars during his time and this brings a lot of sad memories as he reflects into his career as a footballer.

‘I enjoyed my career, but one thing always when I think of I become sad is, I didn’t win anything with Ghana,’ he said this in a press briefing in Kumasi.

“On the other side, I don’t want to be selfish, because it is not every player who got the chance to play for the national team and play in the World Cup. You talk of Ryan Giggs, we always say that he is one of the best in the World, won all the trophies, but he never played in the World Cup.

‘At times, when I sit there, I don’t regret about anything, but not winning a trophy for my country, although I won something for Ghana at the U-17 level.

Appiah will play his testimonial match to officially bring his career to an end on 27th June at the Ohene Djan Sports Stadium, Accra.

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