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I’m still the general captain of the Black Stars — Asamoah Gyan clarifies

Published on: 18 October 2020
I’m still the general captain of the Black Stars — Asamoah Gyan clarifies
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan says he is still the general captain of the Black Stars despite his omission from the team since last year.

Gyan, who is currently unattached, has been frozen out of the team since July 2019.

Gyan was stripped off the captain armband prior to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt by then coach Kwesi Appiah.

The 34-year-old striker was named general captain while his former captaincy role was passed on to André Ayew.

Appiah’s successor Charles Akonnor, together with the Ghana Football Association (GFA) maintained André Ayew as captain with Thomas Partey and goalkeeper Richard Ofori named deputies.

However, coach Akonnor failed to disclose the role of the former Sunderland hitman under his tenure and it has left many to believe his position has been scrapped.

“It looks like [I am no longer general captain of Black Stars] but they have not said that they are giving that position to someone else so I think I am still the general captain,” Gyan stated on Adom TV.

That is the position they gave me. I know that right now they have named captains of the team but I want them to tell me that this player is the general captain because they put me there,” he said.

“I am usually consulted by management with ideas because of my experience in the national team. I came to the national team in 2003. Where were the current breed of players then? So they know that I know a lot of things.

There are some trivial issues that I am usually consulted for my advise. With what I have achieved in the national team, you cannot make a decision and leave me in the dark.”

“Right now I am at home. If I am given the general captain, I will feel some way about it but since I have not been told that it has been given to someone else, [I am still general captain],” he concluded.

Gyan is currently the record goalscorer of the Black Stars. He has scored 51 goals, with six coming at the World Cup, a record by an African player.

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