Ghana coach hands captain’s armband to Andre Ayew

Ghana coach hands captain’s armband to Andre Ayew

Citizens Voice Tv (ACCRA) Egypt is the venue for this year’s Africa Cup of Nations and the Black Stars would be on a mission to end Ghana’s 33-year trophy drought. Leading the pack for Ghana to deliver the goods will be Andre Ayew, son of former Black Stars captain Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew.

A statement issued by the Ghana Football Association Normalisation Committee indicated that after a meeting with the top brass of the GFA, Coach Kwasi Appiah has named Ayew, a winner of 2010 U-20 FIFA World Cup, as the permanent captain of the Black Stars. Asamoah Gyan will be the general captain of the team, while Inter Milan player Kwadwo Asamoah will deputise Ayew. 

Only recently, it took a Presidential intervention for Gyan to rescind his decision of retiring from the national team due to losing his role as the skipper of the side. Issues about leadership for the senior national team has been an ugly cancer which pokes its head every now and then to ignite drama.

Coach Appiah and Ayew’s father Abedi have had their own share of the drama involving the captain’s armband. In their playing time, Appiah lost the captaincy to Abedi during the 1992 Africa Cup of Nations in Senegal.

According to the statement from the NC, “the Coach has the full backing of the committee and has called on all stakeholders and citizens to support the transition whilst the Black Stars prepare for AFCON 2019”. 

Kwasi Appiah has already named the 29-man squad that will be heading to the United Arab Emirates to start preparation for the AFCON. The 29 will further be pruned to 23 before the trip to Egypt for the continental showpiece.

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