Gyan: Ayew explained to me his reason to accept the captaincy

Author: Bernard Neequaye
Asamoah Gyan (left) on international duty with Andre Ayew
Asamoah Gyan (left) on international duty with Andre Ayew

Former Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan, says Andre Ayew had to explain him his reason for accepting the captain's armband after the midfielder was named the team's new leader ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gyan, who was stripped of the Stars’ captaincy ahead of the recently-held Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, explained that he would’t have agreed to captain the team if he had been in Andre Ayew’s position.

Coach Kwasi Appiah’s decision to hand Ayew the armband ahead of the AFCON led to a lot of controversies which saw Gyan retiring from international duties.

Gyan rescinded his decision to retire from national duties after President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo intervened to save the situation.

The 33-year-old Gyan told Accra-based Joy FM in an interview on Friday that he wasn’t expecting Ayew to accept the armband concerning the controversy surrounding it.

“I wouldn’t have accepted it. There was a lot of controversy and pressure. Andre and I had a conversation, he had to explain his part,” he said on Joy FM.

“He’s a good guy. He had no choice but to accept it. I don’t blame him but if I were him, I wouldn’t have,” said Gyan who had captained the national team since the 2013 AFCON in South Africa.

With the team’s abysmal performance at the continental competition, many have blamed the Stars’ poor show on the captaincy issue but Gyan has refuted such claims.

He explained that the team was unlucky to exit the AFCON at the Round of 16 stage and refused to blame their elimination on the captaincy row.