Glory Own To Appiah
The day on Christmas Eve,Kwesi Appiah,Crystal Palace forward,received a special present.That is a phone call unexpected.ever.“It was someone from the Ghana FA,” Appiah recalled to FIFA.com. “I was on the way to training and I got a call from someone saying, ‘We’d like to invite you to come and play for the national team’. I got goosebumps thinking, ‘Is this really happening?’ I was delighted, extremely proud as well. It blew me away.
“People think I’m too hard to buy presents for, they just leave me to it. I wasn’t expecting anything. Everybody was asking me, ‘What do you want for Christmas?’ This was the present I needed the whole time.”
Appiah had been named in Ghana’s preliminary 31-man squad for the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. Ghanaian fans and the world’s media scanned the list. The final name read Kwesi Appiah (Cambridge United, England). Grant trimmed the squad to 26 for a training camp in Spain and, again, Appiah made the cut. A few days later, the final list was submitted to CAF for the finals, and announced on the Ghana FA website. Appiah was, once more, the final name on the list. But who is Kwesi Appiah?
Born to a Ghanaian father and an English mother in Camberwell, just south of the River Thames in London and around 30 minutes from Palace’s Selhurst Park, he grew up an Arsenal fan. He got his footballing break in English non-league, after a helping hand from an educator.
“One of the teachers recommended me to a club called Gravesend and Northfleet, now Ebbsfleet United,” Appiah said. “I went and did two years in the youth team and got into the first team.”
Appiah’s new international coach Grant turns 60 just two days before the final in Bata, and a tournament-winning goal from the Crystal Palace forward would surely be the perfect gift.
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