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Divisions to damage Black Stars, captain Gyan criticises minister's 'rebels' meeting

Published on: 08 August 2014
Asamoah Gyan says he is disappointed he was not consulted

Mahama Ayariga's decision to meet some Black Stars players without meeting captain Asamoah Gyan is threatening to spark deep divisions in the team as the striker has publicly criticised the move by Ghana's sports minister.

The move of consulting some 'rebels' in the Black Stars following Ghana's unimpressive showing at the World Cup, risks sparking a rift in the team with disastrous consequences for squad unity.

This could undermine the progress Ghana's national team has made on the global stage over the eight years similar to what happened to the talented Black Stars squad of the 1990s which failed to achieve.

Ayariga revealed at a press conference last week that he met some players after the World Cup without revealing their identities but it has now emerged that he secretly met players who were accused of having disciplinary problems during the tournament in Brazil.

In the wake of Ghana's early exit from the World Cup, some few players painted a picture of belonging to 'the anti-corrupt group' thus isolating the rest of the squad which seems to have started some tensions in the squad.

Some of the players, mostly those who failed to grab starting places in the Black Stars at the World Cup, criticised the team's technical bench after the tournament in Brazil.

The meeting with such players seems to have led to the minister's decision to call for the boosting of Kwesi Appiah's technical bench.

This led to suspicion that the appointment of a technical director to supervise Appiah's work is in the offing following Ayariga's meeting with some of the unhappy players - a move which looks to have angered Gyan who has the backing of the majority of the squad.

“Kwesi Appiah is a very good coach. I will be disappointed if someone met some players [over Appiah’s possible departure],” Gyan told Kumasi-based Angel FM, hinting at the minister's meeting with the 'rebels'.

“I am the captain and they should have consulted me."

The revelation of the meeting with the unhappy is threatening to send the Black Stars back into the era of the early 1990s when internal fights among top players prevented the Black Stars from achieving results despite the presence of top players like Abedi Pele and Anthony Yeboah.

Goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey and Kevin-Prince Boateng were among some of the players who criticised the technical bench of the Black Stars after the World Cup.

Ghana has two big games next month in the qualifiers for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations and unnecessary discussions could damage their chances of winning their matches for the Morocco tournament.

The Black Stars will host Uganda in the opening qualifier on September 6 before travelling to face Togo four days later.

Do you think Asamoah Gyan is right to voice his concerns? Do you think the minister should have met the rebels? Is Gyan's authority undermined by the minister's move? Will this lead to divisions in the squad? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • maubs says:
    August 08, 2014 04:09 am
    consult gyan first for what? people are unhappy so the minister consult them perhaps to find out what the source of their unhappiness is and gyan believes he should be spoken to first before any black star player is consulted. gyan i love you but you cannot speak for everyone. Dont come across as arrogant or a dictator; dont get involved in the everyday politics of the squad. Am sure you will have your say too if not then you can complain. Perhaps you have your own opinion on what has happened. if you do am sure we will want to hear that too. But dont tell me no one in the team who is unhappy must be left alone.In England they have a powerful players union president who will invariable listen to and speak about individual player's welfare issues.If the camp is divided it is statements like yours which causes such divisions. Every good country will have asked questions if what happened to bs at 2014 world cup happened to gyan cool. let them have their say. you can agree with what they say or not agree with it but dont tell me you have to be consulted before any one is allowed to speak. If no one has consulted you yet then there we have it again poor communication but please it has got nothing to do with your fellow tagged so called rebel players.
  • selfmade says:
    August 09, 2014 12:39 am
    Dogo... Why u don't understand what I said? Is plain and simple!
  • selfmade says:
    August 09, 2014 12:54 am
    Dogo.. Which ignorance are u talking about and why didn't u understand my comments? This is a guy who is the captain of our national team and he is complaining of been sidelined by the minister and if u assessed the mood of ghanaiansz, u ll realized that a lot of people don't take gyan as a serious leader despite his massive talent! Do u know how many footballing personalities has adviced gyan to forget about music n concentrate on football alone? As a captain of the team, u just don't go straight away with friends after a disastrous WC campaign when your country men are hurting!!! Think about it critical and u ll know what am saying!!! I want u to think critical about what I have said n u ll see where am coming from!! Again, never ever compare Europe to Africa in terms of our mentality because there is a lot of diff in our ways of thinking!! There are certain things that are accepted in western countries that are a taboo in Africa or Ghana!! Did u see n hear all the propangada that people fed into the Ada disaster? This is one of the mean reasons the minister as well as Ghanaians doesnt take gyan serious!! I just want u to read the few comments here and see the mood of forumites concerning gyan! Come again mister!
  • Ekow says:
    August 08, 2014 03:29 am
    The minister has the right to meet whoever that he wants to. There already existed cracks in the team. If gyan had played his role as a leader efficiently he would have been consulted as a leader. A captain cannot tell a coach who he wants the coach to play and who he doesn't want. In the this respect, gyan has already failed as a leader. He was there when he allowed Sulley to move towards Moses without restricting him until the former slapped the latter. I dare say we are very likely going back to the 1990s if caution is not taken. With what happened in brazil gyan cannot be the likes of Stephen appiah or John Mensah. He has already failed in his capacity as a leader.
  • The greatest says:
    August 08, 2014 02:42 am
    Yes Gyan seems to be more intelligent than the Minister.
  • Selfmade says:
    August 08, 2014 03:34 am
    How can the minister meet u when right after the WC, u were chilling with friends resulting in a fatal end! U see gyan, I have been backing u and writing good stuff about u here but is about time, u live as a truly matured person! Ghana is a great footballing giant and for u to be the captain of the national team is an honor but sometimes, some of your public outings leaves much to be desired! Am not saying chilling and hanging out with friends is bad but the timing was bad to say the least esp after a disastrous WC campaign! People can take u serious by your actions! All the negative reportage about u is due to those associations! A leader lead by example and Ghanaians were expecting u to show them that, u were part and parcel of their pains but not to be partying right after a disastrous, painful WC campaign!! U are such a great magnificent talent and of course u are turning out to be the greatest African player in the WC and is about time u chill your image and reputation because u are a great legend! Misunderstanding of the PRESENT grows fatally from the IGNORANCE of the past!
  • Kweku says:
    August 08, 2014 04:17 am
    Selfmade for this one i dnt agree with u.
  • Smoking Columbia says:
    August 08, 2014 04:30 am
    Truth be told: After the USA vs Gh game, most of us wanted Boateng to start the subsequent games but he was just a flop. Infact he was the weakest link in 2014 just like Prince Tagoe of 2010 and Razak Pimpong of 2006. Boateng was rather fighting and looking down on the coach and his colleagues esp Wakaso. No wonder, coach Appiah had to call the training off when Wakaso received a wicked tackle from Boateng. I was expecting so much from Boateng but he did not live up to the task.. PLEASE WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF BOATENG. WE DON'T WANT HIM AGAIN. I wish Wakosa (strong Northern pride) beats the shit out of Boateng (German gangster) but we all know Ghs like pampering light skin (halfco) guys 2014 WC was an EXCELLENT tournament for Muntari, Kojo Asmoah (i wish he was in the midfield though) and Gyan. I blame coach Appiah for not getting a #3 all this while. Honestly, although the coach has his own lil shortcomings, but i like him for being bold enough to bench those snr players who were not performing so well, the likes Essien and KPB. Unfortunately,Essien is no longer the Essien of yester years (evidence: in the recent a.c milan friendly). Obviously Muntari was so excellent that's why the coach featured him. As much as we are all upset with the performance of our dearest Blackstars, we, including mr Minister should becareful about the way we tackle this issue. Word!
  • Kuuku says:
    August 08, 2014 05:04 am
    To hell with Gyan.Where is Castro?.
  • DOGO says:
    August 08, 2014 04:55 am
    @selfmade, I have gone over ur msg abt 3 times and I dont see the point u were making. So did u expect Gyan to be going round the City crying or mourning? His partying has got nothing to do with the topic on board. Did we not see the likes of Spain, England and the rest having their players like Rooney and co chilling their hearts out after their failure in the WC? Or is it bcos we did not see Gyan go to Miami and the Barbados which we tag as resting place, so for him to go Ada was Chilling? Pls lets make comments which can bring education but not comments which expose or ignorance. He had all the right to go anywhere to rest his nerves after what happened in Brazil. And we should not link that nothing of his vacation to what he is saying on here. The only thing I think is maybe the minister tot of meeting those people bcos the issue on board had nothing to do with him Gyan and shouldn't come out getting the minister wrong.
  • DOGO says:
    August 08, 2014 05:04 am
    Were Gerrard, Xavi and Co all not captains of world class teams when they went Beaching with their families and friends after the WC? What is it tht u call timing if a player had only a week or two to be with his family and friends b4 joining team mates in camp for the start of a new season. So @selfmade tell me what u call timing so tht I dont get u wrong cos I dont see the point in what u were saying tht the timing was wrong.
  • Ein says:
    August 08, 2014 05:25 am
    You have destroyed everything that moves the economy. You want to destroy our football too
  • malenzy says:
    August 10, 2014 07:03 am
    To those of u insulting Gyan...hv u been able to do dat to Ur irresponsible parents who refused to give u Gud edu... N if udun knw a captain is appointed to b da mouth piece of the team so he has evri right to b disappointed in da minister.....hey n weda u lyk it or not gyan is da best player in GH...Baby Jet..haters ain't God..keep doing Ur tyn
  • Milky says:
    August 08, 2014 05:58 am
    “I am the captain and they should have consulted me.” - that is exactly the problem!!!! He is the captain so no one else on the team can speak to the minister?!The players can do whatever the **** they want. This is exactly the Ghanaian complex, I am the boss so everything has to me...I like Gyan but this makes me angry! No one needs to talk to you!!!
  • AT says:
    August 08, 2014 07:55 am
    Shut the **** up Gyan, u have a fair share of blame for our abysmal performance at de world cup you don't qualify to captain the Black Stars, so shut up before we direct our anger on u! Nonsense.
  • Kwab says:
    August 08, 2014 08:04 am
    Asamoah Gyan did you consult john mrnsah when you decided to quit bs ? I think all the players were on yr side at dat moment so what went wrong? You and AApiah are the cause of this division simply because u couldn't bring any peace at the camp when that confusion started...pls give us a break the minister has every right to ask even the least among you because for me black stars went to Brazil without a responsible coach and a captain......sorry Gyan.
  • LeShaq says:
    August 08, 2014 08:05 am
    He is more of a JAMA leader than a captain. Ekow said it all.
  • arnold says:
    August 08, 2014 08:25 am
  • Coach Clarence Lee says:
    August 08, 2014 08:58 am
    I believe strongly that captain Asamoah Gyan is 100% right.He is the direct mediator between the technical staff and the playing body,so as such the minister should call him first before calling other players for special meeting.Let's African learn to respect the chain of proceeding.
  • HOLY says:
    August 08, 2014 09:24 am
    Gyan is a very stupid guy!! Who do u think u're?? De minister ve de ryt to talk to any1 he lyks. U have fail Ghanaians with dat ur nonesense atitude. AA must go he is nt gud to be a coach. And wonder if any foreign base player ll swich nationality to play 4 Ghana again. to hell with u Gyan
  • john akpa says:
    August 08, 2014 09:40 am
    Ghana has a whole host of players in their early 20s who will be in their mid 20s come the next world cup. They will provide fierce competition to the likes of Asamoah Gyan and Kevin PB.
  • Troy says:
    August 08, 2014 10:56 am
    Fucking Piss Off! Gyan. Who do you think you are? Because of the Arab money so you think you're god? Nonsense
  • afrikaba1 says:
    August 08, 2014 11:33 am
    Konkonsa ni like you. You undermined your own team mates like you did to Kwarasey so no one can trust you to be a leader. Your days would be numbered in Blackstars if you don't shut your mouth. Woso ne wawia na ebo wo no.
  • Papadinho says:
    August 08, 2014 11:55 am
    Stupid Gyan. Where is Castro???? The fight thing is,, water drawn him and kept??? **** no!! Water never keeps dead body. But Gyan tell us oohh. We all want to know what happened to Castro. And by the way, **** u. Who do u think u are. You're losing your captain band to Dede after AA got sacked. We live to see. **** juju dauda too. Bless
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    August 08, 2014 12:09 pm
    Gyan has been a disappointment as a captain of the BS! His appointment right at the start generated some controversy and division in the BS!Having said that , his only influence on the pitch was when a goal is scored by the BS, where he collects all the players to dance his type of "Azonto"! To really "push" and motivate the players on the pitch when things are getting tough (see Dede or Capitano Stephen Appiah), he feels too arrogant to do (perhaps because he himself loses hope too early??). Perhaps he and AA thought his chilling around with the players would make him more influencial and as such have control over the players! AA made him his instrument by forcing Gyan on the players and thereby victimizing anybody who didn't dance to the tune of Gyan! So he consulted Gyan who to field and who not to field - "class prefect" Gyan must first be consulted when the final selection is made (hence, his annoyance for not being consulted before the "rebel" players where talked to)! If AA is to be maintained as BS coach , he should first be sent to Hennef in Germany to undergo a crash and intensive coaching seminar for about two or three months. When he comes back to Ghana he would really know what coaching a top team is all about! He should ask his assistant Konadu , his experience with the German training course he took! Coaching a top team is not being a "silent killer" , when you get to that stage then you have no business in the coaching trade! "Silent killer" is the beginning of "public crying", because you realize that your players don't "respect" you and doubt your competence as a coach because you are unsure of yourself and can't impart your coaching knowledge to them! COACH APPIAH AND HIS CAPTAIN GYAN FAiLED MISERABLY AT WC BRAZIL. IT'S ABOUT TIME THEY ACCEPT THEIR FAULTS AND APOLOGIZE TO THE NATION AND STOP THIS GROSS ARROGANCE THEY ARE SHOWING!!!
  • Kwasi says:
    August 08, 2014 12:10 pm
    Where is John Boye. He hasn't spoken since the World Cup. Haha.
  • Assemblyman says:
    August 08, 2014 12:56 pm
    Who are you Asamoah Gyan? What backing do you have from other players aside useless guys like John Boye and Fatau?If they bring a technical director and you don't want,better retire !! Because your coach is as useless as you are..Yes! You can boast of holding the goal scoring record for Africa in a World Cup.But remember when you started playing at the World Cups ,players like Muller of Germany was no where.Yet in just two world cups ,he has achieve more you.meanwhile he plays as a midfielder.All you care about is to save your captaincy which you don't deserve.Than foolish toilet borla man Kwesi Appiah giving to you to create confusion and division like it happened during his time..someone like that who refuse to learn from experience is plainly stupid.. You Gyan be honest to yourself whether you deserved the captaincy and if it's your turn..Ask yourself whether you can control the likes of Michael Essien,Sulley or KPB in camp.Some of these players had played with your unsuccessful soccer player brother baffour Gyan.Before you shined during the top four tournament in the were just a kid in those days when arhin Duah and I used to visit your brother baffour in those days.kwasia!! go to hell for all we care..bloody fool..
  • Abdulai Iddrisu says:
    August 08, 2014 04:46 pm
    General Gyan has no control over his men.
  • Juess says:
    August 08, 2014 07:41 pm
    Asamoah Gyan should go away with his stupid talk after WC some players donate to the needed people but you went ahead to kill our one only Castro and the lady
  • corncern says:
    August 10, 2014 11:48 am
    i think the minister is making his own investigation. there is nothing wrong about that. this tells you that solving a problem, one needs to tackle it from the root. so, captain should take it easy, cause minister needs to hear their side story that sparks them to the problem, maybe, they might be wright nor wrong all depends on what their story is. maybe coach maybe wright nor wrong, and maybe captains interest in whom he likes he will back irrespective of that party being wrong. LETS HEAR ALL STORIES FROM ALL PARTIES, LET GHANA JUDGE NOT ONE PERSON.