Taking Black Stars captaincy from Gyan was the right decision – Kwasi Appiah
The decision to strip Asamoah Gyan of the Black Stars captaincy was a difficult one, but ultimately the right one, according to Ghana national team coach Kwasi Appiah.
Gyan, who has been the team’s captain for over a decade, was relieved of his duties in May 2019, with Andre Ayew named as his replacement. The move was met with some criticism from fans and media, but Appiah insists that it was necessary to ensure the team’s success moving forward.
“Asamoah Gyan has been an important player for Ghana for many years and has been a great captain for the team,” Appiah said in a recent interview. “However, as a coach, I have to make decisions based on what is best for the team and what will give us the best chance to succeed.”
According to Appiah, the decision to strip Gyan of the captaincy was based on several factors. One of the main reasons was Gyan’s age and the need to start building a new leadership core for the team. Gyan is now 34 years old, and Appiah believes it is time to start planning for the future and developing younger players to take over leadership roles.
Another factor that Appiah considered was Gyan’s recent performances on the field. Although Gyan has been a consistent goal-scorer for the Black Stars, he has been struggling with injuries in recent years and his form has been inconsistent.
“Asamoah has been a great captain for the team and a great goal-scorer, but we have to think about the future,” Appiah explained. “We have some very talented young players coming through and we need to start preparing them for leadership roles in the team. And also with the recent form of Gyan, it was not been as per our expectations.
Appiah also pointed out that the decision to strip Gyan of the captaincy was not taken lightly and was the result of careful consideration and consultation with the team’s leadership and technical staff.
“We had a lot of discussions and I consulted with the senior players and the technical staff before making this decision,” Appiah said. “It was not a decision that we took lightly, but it was one that we felt was necessary for the good of the team.”
Despite the decision to strip Gyan of the captaincy, Appiah emphasized that Gyan remains an important player for the Black Stars and will continue to be a key member of the team.
“Asamoah is still an important player for us and we need him in the team,” Appiah said. “He is still a goal-scorer and can make a big difference for us on the field. He will continue to be a key player for the team and we need him to help us achieve our goals.”
In conclusion, Asamoah Gyan has been an important player for the Black Stars and has been a great captain for the team, but with age and recent form not as per expectations, it was time to start planning for the future and developing younger players to take over leadership roles. This decision was not taken lightly and was the result of careful consideration and consultation with the team’s leadership and technical staff.