Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has named the 2006 World Cup squad as his best ever Black Stars team.
Led by head coach Ratomir Dujkovic the 2006 squad represented Ghana at its debut World Cup and managed to exceed expectations.
Placed in Group E which also had Italy,Czech Republic and the United States of America the Black Stars of recovered from a bumpy 2 – 0 defeat in their opening game against Italy to beat Czech Republic by 2 goals to nil before rounding it off with a hard fought 2 – 1 win over the United States.
Recounting the experience Appiah, praised the depth in quality of the squad.
“The 2006 squad was something else because if you look at our bench the players on there were equally as good as the starters.
“Take a guy like Haminu Dramani he didn’t start the first and second game but the third match against the United States we saw his performance.
“All though he was on the bench you could tell that he was ready when given the opportunity.
“You could also see guys like Derek Boateng who was equally a good as myself and Michael Essien.
“And then at the back we had a guy like Shilla Illiasu who came in for Osei Kuffour and did really well.
“It was really an all round team,” he revealed.
Appiah himself is currently studying to acquire his coaching badges as he aims to become a full time coach