Andre Ayew extolled Ghana legend Stephen Appiah, saying the former Black Stars captain was a ‘top class’ leader.
In an interview on Joy FM, the current Black Stars skipper pointed to Appiah’s charisma and the love he earned from Ghanaians as the qualities that allowed him to effectively play his role as captain.
“I think he is someone who had the charisma, the love of Ghana and was also marvelous on the field. This allowed him to control everything that was happening in the squad,” he said.
Ayew, who is unattached, also described ‘Tornado’ as a natural leader and said he picked pointers when they played together.
“The first time I came into the Black Stars he was the leader and I really watched him and took a lot from him because he had that thing [leadership qualities] he did not learn, it’s a gift by God. That’s why he was able to achieve all that he achieved”
Appiah was appointed captain in 2005 and achieved what seemed impossible as he guided to its first-ever FIFA World Cup in 2006.
The former Juventus and Fernabache retired from football in August 2010, a month after his second world cup in South Africa.