STEPHEN APPIAH

Stephen Appiah, Laryea slams Black Stars performance

STEPHEN APPIAH

STEPHEN APPIAH

Former Black Stars players, Laryea Kingston and Stephen Appiah have criticized the performance players against Burkina Faso on Saturday.

Black Stars were defeated a lone goal to nothing by Burkina Faso in the third and fourth place playoff of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.

After Alain Traore scored a late free-kick, the Black Stars missed out on their third bronze medal in four years (2012, 2013 and 2017) but the players were captured in broad smiles exchanging pleasantries with the Burkinabes after the defeat.

Appiah and Laryea who both played for Hearts of Oak expressed grave concern about their unimpressive performance of the Black Stars players.

According to them, the body language of the players after the game was not proper and smacked of a lack of concern to the feelings of a disappointed nation.

“You’ve lost a game, you’ve lost bronze and it’s like they don’t care and were cracking jokes with the Burkinabes?” Laryea quizzed.

“Some may not agree, but I think they should have shown emotions. It is an international game and a medal was at stake…,” he added.

Taking his turn, Appiah who recently hanged his boots re-echoed his ex-teammates sentiments.

“Sometimes players forget that the camera is on them so they may do some things and not be aware… But it’s not cool. Yes, I think the reaction was not good…” he said.

Appiah added that the body language of the team prior to the medal presentation looked like “we don’t care about the third place.”

“Third place is important!” Appiah emphasized.

The Black Stars will be hoping to lift the trophy in Cameroon in 2019.

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