By El-Amisty Nobo
Derrick Owusu Boateng, a former Ghanaian international has labeled the 2002 African Cup of Nations [AFCON] in Mali as the worst ever experienced by the Black Stars due to the ill treatment of the team.
Management of the Black Stars at the time pointed accusing fingers at Samuel Osei Kuffour for Ghana’s exit from the competition, but Derrick Boateng commended the former Bayern Munich central defender for his boldness in Mali:
“Our worst AFCON experience was in 2002 and Sammy Kuffour was a true leader,” Derrick Boateng told Starr [103.5] FM yesterday.
Despite the allegations leveled against Osei Kuffour, Derrick Boateng said it was the former rather who encouraged some players who were not happy with situations at the Black Stars camp to stay on:
“Sammy Kuffour was the one who even encouraged some players to stay in camp because many had wanted to leave camp,” he noted.
Speaking on the same subject few weeks ago on GTV Sports Plus, Sammy Kuffour said he got booted because he stood up to speak against the ill-treatment of the playing body then and he has never regretted taken that action:
“Nobody was able to tell the technical team that what they were doing was wrong.
“Black Stars were eating by the roadside, a chop bar, you can ask any player.
“I never regret being bold because I was concerned that some of the players could even catch some serious disease.”
The Black Stars were knocked out in the quarterfinals [1-0] in the Mali 2002 AFCON tournament by the Super Eagles of Nigeria.