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31.08.2020 Football News

2019 Afcon: Captaincy Fracas Did Not Affect Black Stars Performance – Dauda

By Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew
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Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew

Goalkeeper Fatau Dauda believes the change in Black Stars captaincy did not had an impact on the performance on the team during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon].

The then-head coach of the side, Kwesi Appiah replaced Asamoah Gyan with Andre Ayew as the new captain for the Black Stars with less than a month for the start of the tournament in Egypt.

The decision by Appiah did not go down well many Ghanaians and the camp of Asamoah Gyan.

Gyan, 34, announced his retirement from the national but rescinded his decision after a presidential intervention.

Many attributed Ghana’s early exit from the tournament to the change in captaincy but the Legon Cities goalkeeper believes the change in captaincy had nothing to do with Black Stars exit from the tournament.

“The decision by coach was to help the team perform in Egypt,” Dauda told Metro TV.

“No one will like to make a decision and would affect him negatively. I believe that Ghana’s exit from the tournament had nothing to do with the change in captaincy.

“It was hard luck because we have always played in the semi-finals or the finals.

“Penalty shootout against any country is 50-50 game so we should not blame Kwesi Appiah for Black Stars exit,” he added.

Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah
Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

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