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‘A CAPTAIN MUST BE ON THE PITCH – Kwasi Appiah On Gyan-Ayew Captaincy Swap

James Kwasi Appiah, a former coach of Ghana Black Stars, has justified his choice to relieve Asamoah Gyan of the Black Stars captaincy and give Andre Ayew the reins instead.

Gyan led Ghana for nearly five years until having the armband revoked right before the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The veteran striker was designated general captain by Appiah, the national team coach at the time, who chose Ayew to be his new captain.

Gyan was not pleased with the decision and announced his retirement from the national team before changing his mind in response to President Akufo-intervention. Addo’s

Appiah defended his choice to assume Gyan’s captaincy by arguing that a captain must always be present on the field to represent the coach and guide his teammates.

He added that he had no issues with Gyan, the Black Stars’ captain since the 62-year-first old’s spell with the team.

“I see captaincy as when you are on the pitch you represent the coach and take command of all the players,” Appiah told Dan Kwaku Yeboah TV on YouTube.

“The decision that I took I sat and thought about it and at that time nobody loves Gyan more than me. During my tenure, he helped me along the way he was the one striking.”

He added: “When we were going to the Cup of Nations in South Africa John Mensah was the captain.

“That time John wasn’t in Ghana so I called him and told him John I have moved you to general captain I am giving the captaincy to Asamoah Gyan. I took that decision when I took the decision then I informed the authorities that this is the decision I have taken.”

Appiah has stated that he is ready to accept the open position with the Black Stars when it is presented to him.

 

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