One-time Ghana’s midfielder, Laryea Kingston has termed ex-international workmate Stephen Appiah as one of “the best” he has played alongside.
Appiah acted for Ghana between 1995 and 2010, playing at Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and World Cup finals.
At the 2006 Afcon in Egypt, Appiah and Kingston set up a formidable midfield partnership with Sulley Muntari and Michael Essien, despite the fact that the Black Stars suffered a first-round elimination.
However, they moved Ghana to a maiden World Cup qualification in Germany, where Appiah scored a final match-winning penalty at the championship as the Black Stars beat the USA 2-1 in their last group game to book a place in the Round of 16.
“Tornado [Stephen Appiah] is someone I grew up with. For me, he is one of the best technical players that I have played with,” Kingston, on Euro 2020 Championship punditry duty with the 40-year-old Appiah, said on Joy TV.
“It is not because he is in the studio with me, but I have so much respect for him as a player.
“I feel honoured to have played with him. His technical ability, you cannot take it away from him.
“These are the guys that when you are playing with, they make the game easy for you.”
Appiah, who gained the U17 World Cup with Ghana, made his senior debut in 1995 against Benin. He made his tournament debut for the Black Stars at the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, and went on to become captain of the side years later.
He lost out on the 2008 Afcon match on home soil because of injury, simply as he did with the 2010 edition, however returned to national duty for the World Cup as Ghana marched on to the quarter-final.
At club level, Appiah, who performed for Hearts of Oak during his time in Ghana, featured for Italian sides Juventus, Parma, Cesena, Udinese, Brescia and Bologna Outside Italy, he was on the books of Turkish outfit Fenerbahce and Serbian outfit.