Stephen Appiah was named captain of the Black Stars in 2002 and he became the first leader to inspire Ghana to a FIFA World Cup qualification in 2006.

He is touted as the best skipper Ghana has had in the last 30 years due to his exceptional leadership skills.

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Stephen Appiah has said that he sought the face of the skippers that came before him for their counsel immediately after he was handed the Black Stars captaincy.

"When I was offered the captaincy, I said no I think Richard Kingson was the more experience in the team at the time so I said he should lead the team.

"But Kingson tapped me and told me to accept the role and that he and the other senior players would support me. After that I called Abedi Pele and informed him. He offered me advice and told me I was a born leader so I shouldn't be afraid. I also called Osei Kuffour, Akonnor and others to seek their blessings," he told Joy FM.

Stephen Appiah was a member of the Black Stars from 2000 to 2010 and under his leadership, Ghana qualified for two FIFA World Cups.

The former Hearts of Oak midfielder had a successful career in Europe: He had stints with clubs like Udinese, Juventus, Sampdoria, etc.