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2014 World Cup: Asamoah Gyan's camp hit back at ex Ghana striker Augustine Arhinful

Published on: 09 May 2014
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan’s camp is furious with recent statements attributed to ex Ghana striker Augustine Arhinful 'seeking to downplay the effect of the Black Stars captain'.

Gyan’s performance for Al Ain this season has simply been phenomenal and is expected to translate the same or even better form to help the Black Stars at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 28-year-old has scored 36 goals in all competitions for Al Ain this season with some games still left to be played before he joins the Black Stars camp for the World Cup.

Arhinful however in a recent interview with Accra-based Radio Gold said the Black Stars is not ‘over reliant’ on the ex Sunderland man despite emerging the leading scorer in the World Cup qualification series in Africa.

The ex Ghana striker’s comments has not been taken lightly by the camp of Asamoah Gyan.

“We have observed a worrying trend, I would say a calculated attempt by Augustine Arhinful to always try to discredit Asamoah Gyan,” the Chief Executive Officer of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation, Samuel Anim Addo told

“He [Arhinful] never misses the opportunity to say negative things about the Black Stars captain when at this time all they need is encouragement.

“No one needs to be told the immense impact Asamoah [Gyan] has had on this Black Stars team and we are even hoping he does even more to ensure Ghana’s dream at the upcoming World Cup is realized.

“But then all he [Arhinful] does is to always downplay Asamoah’s efforts for the team. What will he then tell him when he comes to the camp to socialize with the players?

“These kind of things are not needed especially at this time when we want to give our team the best of preparations for the World Cup.”


This article has 19 comment(s), give your comment
  • fatawu says:
    May 10, 2014 10:29 am
    Is not a bad comment he is only saying every body contribution in the team is important, our team is not a one man team, we are not building the team around Asamoah Guan is a fact
  • Zeus speelo says:
    May 10, 2014 11:09 am
    Kofi you and I know that gyan is good but has been given more opportunities to prove that he can do if ahinful say that he has been given more tym I aside with him cos think of it. GYAN in sometimes quit de blackstars, he said he mum ask him not to take penalties again for gh.alot has happened with gyan, We have so many strikers if giving this chances they would have excel. To mention few(clotey,bekwen,Otto,......and now accam etc
  • Vaky says:
    May 10, 2014 05:36 am
    I thought Arhinful said this to take the pressure off Gyan. Football is a teamwork. Argentina cannot over-rely on Messi because they did so and failed woefully in the past. Then they decided not to do so and now their team is doing well. Pressure is not a good thing if you want positive results. Please ceasefire! Let's work as a one solid team to progress. We've an agenda to progress and let's concentrate on that folks. GH the winner!
  • gogee says:
    May 10, 2014 05:57 am
    Well said Fiifi
  • gogee says:
    May 10, 2014 06:05 am
    I think the CEO of the foundation is just looking for a window of opportunity to prove to Gyan that he is indeed working and protecting his interest, otherwise, I see no reason why he should hurriedly respond to Arhinful's harmless comment. Is the CEO trying to say the stars rely heavily on Gyan? He shouldn't create any tension. We don't need this going to the world cup
  • kay says:
    May 10, 2014 07:41 am
    Augustine Arhinful should be removed as an ambassador for the blackstars he is a negetive ass dude!!!
  • kofi says:
    May 10, 2014 07:44 am
    I guess some of u did not read the full text of Arhinful interview on radio gold, why did he end the interview by saying that tge fact the Asamoah Gyan is scoring more goals is because Asamoah Gyan has been given many opportunities than others if he had good intentions. The same Arhinful and some of you guys said earlier that Asamoah Gyan should leave the UAE for some bogus reasons and now some of you are re writting your notes and praising him for doing well for Club n Country. i guess Arhinful is telling us that all the coaches of the Black Stars since 2003 when Asamoah Gyan had his first cap were blind so they kept feeding Asamoah Gyan in matches whiles there were better players than Gyan. Those Gyan detrators including Arhinful should leave him alone to concentrate on his mission to make Ghana proud becase his consistency and commitment to the national team is there for all to see. God bless Gyan and keep increasing him is his career, Amen. Some of u guys have done all sort of things to distract thid young man but he has kept his cool n delivery for Club and Country, leave him alone!!!
  • OGYA says:
    May 10, 2014 08:04 am
    Benny your comment on this Arhinful statement is childish and immature at best. What do you mean by a failed footballer player? So if a former Black Star player scored less than forty goals when he played, then he has no right to make any comment about the national team? Your rational and your thinking process lives a lot to be desired about your thinking or common sense. Same old classic elementary thinking that when you criticize someone it means you are jealous of him/her, this is pure garbage, grow up. And by the way, who the hell is this Chief Executive of this puke Asamoah Gyan Fan Club? This individual must be dyslexic not to understand or comprehend what Arhinful said. Why should the Ghana Black Stars be overly dependent on a player who has taken the country into so many dark alleys of disappointment? The team that we have now has several players that can strike at any time and Akwesi Appiah should keep it that way and not buy into the Asamoah Gyan hype, because in the real World Cup he will do nothing but shrink. Ghana Black Stars do not belong to Asamoah Gyan, but a country of proud people, which in the larger scheme of things he is very insignificant. The Black Stars made him and not the other way around so his crumb-snatcher-club beggars should just zip up and get lost.
  • M-Box says:
    May 10, 2014 08:52 am
    Nobody should blame Arhinful for any comments made. Football is all about team work and not individual brilliance. If so Ronaldo's Portugal and Messi's Argentina would have been world cup winners. If the team over rely on him, pressure will be on him to deliver. The players themselves knows that each of them have a part to play in Brazil. Team work is what we need now and not individual glory.
  • Adebayo says:
    May 09, 2014 08:47 pm
    I read Ahinful's comments and he stressed the team effort above individual glorification. What the foundation is seeking to do will not help the team either! The truth is that the success of the Black Stars is a team effort, from coaching staff to players. The Black Stars don not rely on any one individual, and no reasonable Ghanaian will take offense at this!
  • Dr Who says:
    May 09, 2014 08:55 pm
    Of late why are our former footballers having issues with one another and attempts to include our current players?
  • Benito says:
    May 09, 2014 09:28 pm
    This kind of fracas wouldn't is not needed at this time when we unity as a team...let sleeping dogs lie.aha gbe bibii awo..
  • benny says:
    May 09, 2014 06:40 pm
    I don't know why anyone get bothered by what Arhinful says. He is a failed footballer .He is simply jealous. How many goals did he score in his entire career. Less than 40. So sad anytime any ex footballer open his mouth, only garbage comes out.
  • Michel maston says:
    May 09, 2014 06:55 pm
    This is totally one hundred percent true about what Samuel Anim Addo is saying. In fact this is a special moment i would say for all Ghanaians cos we are preparing for the most crucial tournament in de world. And all we have to do is to psychologically make them strong. Please stop this jealousy behaviour of yours (Augustine Ahimful) and lets all cocentrate on how to make the black stars survive in de upcoming world cup
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    May 09, 2014 07:59 pm
    The emphasis should be on "OVER RELIANT" and nothing else! As much as a lot of people would always like to raise their idol Asamoah Gyan to the highest of highest,this should not lower the team Black Stars as a team Asamoah Gyan! Asamoah Gyan is a member of the Black Stars and ONE OF THEIR TOP STARS, if the team cannot survive because Asamoah Gyan is not available, then the coach AA has no business to be where he is! Before Asamoah Gyan , there was somebody and after him , there would also be someone else! Its good to glorify someone when one is on his payroll or have his hand in his mouth, but that does not mean one should close his eyes to the TRUTH OR FACT! Asamoah Gyan took a break and the Black Stars still won their matches! He also played when we also lost some matches and even the Uruguay match! No doubt he is a top player but THE BLACK STARS DON'T DEPEND ON HIM TO WIN MATCHES!
  • wilson attitoe says:
    May 09, 2014 08:27 pm
    Ghana had its brightest goal opportunity against Uruguay in the second when all that an unmarked muntari needed to tap the ball in was a simple pass from djan but the latter lowered his head hanged on the ball and made a feeble attempt on goal.
  • Askantwi says:
    May 10, 2014 03:51 pm
    Arhinful did not say anything bad. what he said is the truth. "The black stars are not over reliant on Asamoah Gyan". What is wrong about this statement? Isn't it the truth. Asamoah Gyan camp must be half illiterates. They surely misunderstood the Arhinful's statement.
  • Edmund says:
    May 10, 2014 08:08 pm
    Why are ppl verbally attacking Arhinful? He said nothing wrong but the very truth. The black stars team shouldn't be built on just an individual. It's a team and not what some ghanaians think. What about if an individual player is not available the next moment? We need to be honest to ourselves and also try to accept others opinions. Huh.
  • Edward, Maryland says:
    May 10, 2014 03:04 pm
    This Asamoah Gyan camp should give us a break. They are nothing else than "hangers on", and Confusionists. They should tell us exactly what Arhinful said that is derogatory and so bad to the image of Asamoah Gyan. We don't need their type to bring any confusion to the BS. Free loaders!!!!. Get a life of your own.