Stephen Appiah signs off after testimonial draw

The Ghana legend called time on his fine career with a testimonial match before a star-studded public at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday

Ex-Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah signed off on his fine career with his testimonial match at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The testimonial match ended in a 2-2 stalemate, with all goals coming in the second half.

The legend himself scored from a very well-constructed free kick in the second half to open the scoring in a game between a ‘Stephen Appiah XI’, chosen by the man himself, and a selected Black Stars XI.

Current Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan levelled matters moments after StepApp had opened the scoring.

The skipper’s elder brother Baffour Gyan then restored the lead for the Appiah XI, before Ben Acheampong grabbed the equaliser before full time.

Appiah’s team featured international stars like Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor, Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o, Mohammed Gargo, and Samuel Osei Kuffour among others.

The testimonial match was graced by many dignitaries, including two former Ghanaian heads of state; His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings and John Agyekum Kuffour, as well as current national president John Dramani Mahama.

Appiah featured 67 times for Ghana, scoring 14 goals.

He was the captain who led Ghana to the Black Stars’ first-ever Fifa World Cup in 2006 in Germany. He also featured in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa four years later.

Appiah also represented several major clubs, including Accra Hearts of Oak, Brescia, Parma, Udinese, Juventus and Fenerbahce.

Source: Goal

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