Former Ghana striker, Augustine Ahinful has urged Asamoah Gyan to respect Black Stars’ head coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision of making Andre Ayew the new skipper of the Black Stars for the forthcoming Total Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Ahinful reminded Gyan that Appiah has the right to pick his own captain which everyone must obey, he therefore warned Asamoah to comply with it in order to avoid misunderstandings in camp during the tournament.
“It was the decision of the coach and everyone needs to respect it, including Asamoah Gyan. The coach has the right to name his captain for a tournament and that was what he just did,” Ahinful told Graphic Sports in Ghana.
“I think the coach wanted to be honest with him about his decision but Ghanaians misinterpreted the entire thing to create a rift between them,” he added.
On Saturday May 25th, Appiah appointed Andre Ayew as the new captain of the Black Stars deputized by Kwadwo Asamoah, replacing Asamoah Gyan who has been the captain of the team for seven years.
“I believe Gyan will respect the decision as a professional in order not to avoid any problem for the team at the tournament,” he noted.
Gyan had retired from Ghana national team following Appiah’s decision to name Ayew captain for the upcoming AFCON but later overturned his decision after Ghana President Nana Addo’s interference.
Asamoah had been the Ghana national team captain since 2012 leading them to four major international tournaments including the 2014 World Cup, 2013, 2015 and 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournaments.
The Black Stars are in Group F with defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau, they will play their first game against Benin on June 25th.
Their main target in this year’s tournament is to claim the championship in order to end a 37-year AFCON drought.
Ghana’s last time to win the Africa Cup of Nations was 1982 in Libya, since then they have lost three finals in 1992 against Cote d’Ivoire, 2010 against Egypt and the recent one against Cote d’Ivoire in 2015.