Former Black Stars skipper Stephen Appiah says he served during his early days at the Ghana U-17 team.

Appiah was part of the Ghana U-17 squad that participated in the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament in Ecuador.

The former Juventus midfielder went ahead to captain the senior national team [Black Stars] in the 2006 and the 2010 World Cup before hanging his boots.

He hanged his boots, capping 64 matches with 14 goals to his credit

Speaking in an interview on Joy Sports, Appiah disclosed that before the Ecuador 1995 tourney, he was washing the jerseys and boots of his seniors in the national team.

“There were senior players before I joined the squad for Ecuador 1995. Before the tournament I used to wash the boots and jerseys of the senior players even today, it makes me happy that I was able to serve”, he said.

He added that, even before he was given the captain armband at the Black Stars level, there were seniors at the team and personally, wanted Richard Kingston to captain the senior national team.

“When I was given the captain armband, I asked that Olele [Richard Kingston] should be selected as the captain since he was more a senior member. Olele tapped my shoulder and said Stephen take the band, we will support you.


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