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15.09.2020 Football News

CK Akonnor Lauded For Retaining Andre Ayew As Black Stars Captain

By Kelvin Owusu Ansah
Ghana's striker Asamoah Gyan (R) celebrates with midfielder Andre Ayew after scoring a penalty kick the Group D first round 2010 World Cup football match Serbia vs Ghana on June 13, 2010 at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. Ghana defeated Serbia 1-0. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP via Getty Images)
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Ghana's striker Asamoah Gyan (R) celebrates with midfielder Andre Ayew after scoring a penalty kick the Group D first round 2010 World Cup football match Serbia vs Ghana on June 13, 2010 at Loftus Verfeld stadium in Tshwane/Pretoria. Ghana defeated Serbia 1-0. NO PUSH TO MOBILE / MOBILE USE SOLELY WITHIN EDITORIAL ARTICLE - AFP PHOTO / HOANG DINH NAM (Photo credit should read HOANG DINH NAM/AFP via Getty Images)

Asamoah Gyan's business manager Samuel Anim Addo has stated the decision to announce Andre Ayew as captain of the senior national team, Black Stars is the best decision taken by Coach Charles Akunnor.

The Ghana Football Association (GFA) in an official communication via their website informed that Swansea City forward Andre Ayew has been finally named substantive captain of the Black Stars.

Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and Richard Ofori who plays for Maritzburg in the Premier Soccer League in South Africa will deputize as first and second assistant skippers respectively.

Speaking to Nhyira Power Sports in reaction to the changes from the Black Stars Technical team that was silent on Asamoah Gyan and his general captaincy role handed him before the 2019 Africa Nations Cup, Anim Addo revealed the Gyan camp were not enthused with such a portfolio.

“Asamoah Gyan has held successful meetings with the Black Stars Management Committee. The Asamoah Gyan camp has never liked the idea of the ‘General Captain’. There was no way he was going the wear the armband when he isn’t the captain anymore. Due to his love for Ghana, he returned to play for the team on the request of the President and other top officials even when he announced his retirement,” Anim Addo informed Nhyira FM.

The 34-year-old considers himself as a mentor for the young players coming into the national team and not in a hurry to call it quit from the national team according to the GFA Executive Council member.

“Gyan believes he is a role model for most of the players and regardless of his role in the national team. At any point in time, he is willing to give his brotherly support to any leader present and is only interested in serving Ghana in any capacity. This is the best decision taken by CK Akunnor,” he added.

The former Sunderland and Al Ain striker captained the Black Stars from 2013 to 2019 before Kwesi Appiah stripped him of the armband and gave it to Andre Ayew.

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