By Patrick Akoto
Striker Asamoah Gyan will captain the Black Stars for the 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi on Saturday.
The mantle falls on the Al Ain attacker following the absence of substantive skipper John Mensah and his deputy Michael Essien.
With John Pantsil and Sulley also absent from the game, the 26-year-old has been tasked with the responsibility of leading the team against The Flames at the Accra Sports stadium.
The move is in line with the FA policy of handing the captaincy to the squad’s most experienced player at any given time as the Black Stars leader.
The former Sunderland goal machine is expected to use his leadership qualities to drive the team to success.
The stand-in-captain will read a FIFA Fair Play message before the start of the match in Accra.
He will continue with his captaincy role during Tuesday’s friendly against Liberia in Monrovia after the Afcon qualifier against The Flames.