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Soccer News of Thursday, 31 December 2009

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Exclusive Interview With Stephen Appiah

We have made an exclusive interview with former Fenerbahce star, Ghana captain Stephen Appiah. Here is the full interview:

Perlomental: You were a fan favorite in all the seasons you stayed at Fenerbahce, and till now you are still loved by the fans... Although you left Fener, many reports were saying that you might rejoin Fenerbahce; is there a chance that you go back to play at Fener or are there any offers from other Turkish teams on the table?
Stephen Appiah: I know there is a lot of affection for me by the Fener fans and I feel the same way about them too but at the moment I am a Bologna player and committed to Bologna. I haven't had any offers from any club in Turkey and as far as I am concerned its all about Bologna and no other club.

Perlomental: You were injured for a long time and missed nearly 2 seasons of play, and it has been known that Fenerbahce doctors didn't diagnose your injury in the right way, do you blame Fenerbahce for your long terminjury?
Stephen Appiah: As you are aware this case is still being heard by the CAS (FIFA) and so I cannot comment on it in any shape or form. I am fit now and training to start my first Bologna game

Perlomental: The 2010 World Cup is on the doors and Ghana have been drawn with strong teams, will you be playing at the World Cup?
Stephen Appiah: I hope so. I am just like any of the other players and I will go to the World Cup if I am selected. Its down to the coaching team. We are in a very strong group. I think aside Brazil's group this is one of the strongest. We have to work hard as a team, defend very well and take our chances when we get them. If we do that i am sure we can make the next round

Perlomental: Now at Ghana there are many good and talented players, if a Ghanian player received an offer from a Turkish team would you advice him to go to Turkey or do you think it will be better if that player goes to another European country?
Stephen Appiah: I will always advise players to do what is best for them and their careers and if that means going to Turkey then why not. I had some of my best years in Turkey and I love the people and place so much that it wont be a problem recommeding it to any other player.