Asamoah Gyan unruffled by reports of captaincy agitation in Black Stars

Asamoah Gyan handed his captain armband to Sulley Muntari in the game against Sudan played in Ghana

Asamoah Gyan handed his captain armband to Sulley Muntari in the game against Sudan played in Ghana

By Ameenu Shardow

Asamoah Gyan has brushed aside reports of a captaincy rift in the Black Stars – insisting he only concentrates on doing his best as skipper of the side.

There have been several reports of some disquiet amongst the Ghana players especially with the senior ones not in absolute support of coach Akwasi Appiah’s decision to make the Al Ain ace captain of the side.

Gyan succeeded John Mensah as the substantive captain of the Black Stars ahead of Ghana’s disappointing campaign at the 2013 Nations Cup in South Africa.

The 27-year-old’s leadership skills has been put to great doubt following percieved formation of factions within the team.

Gyan’s reign so for has been shrouded in controversy with reports suggesting Sulley Muntari in particular demanded to be captain in the recent 2014 World Cup qualifiers against Sudan and Lesotho – reports the AC milan star has denied.

Many feel the former Sunderland hitman’s captaincy is under threat as he is perceived not to be enjoying the absolute goodwill, support and respect his predecessors; John Mensah and Stephen Appiah commanded during their reign.

But Gyan says he is not bothered by these perceptions from ‘outsiders’ – insisting he only focuses on doing his best in his leadership role for the team.

“God’s time is the best and I think this is my time,” he told reporters as his residence on Tuesday.

“I have been in the national team since 2003, I have been under so many coaches and played with different players who know the kind of person I am.

“With my experence I try to do my best as a captain to help the team and I don’t think about what outsiders say.

“That is me, I like to be myself and make sure I concentrate on my job and do the right thing as a captain.”

Ghana looks destined to make a third successive World Cup finals with Asamoah Gyan as captain this time around.

Stephen Appiah led the Black Stars to their two previous appearance but played a more behind the scene role with John Mensah assuming leadership of the team on the field of play at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Fifa One says:

    Ghanians should allow AG3 to live his life alone. ahh aba.

    • GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

      T ME,GYAN IS NOT GBSTAR MATERIAL. CAF IS EVEN AWARE OF THS. DATS WHY UPON ALL HIS ACCLADES AT AL AIN. CAF HASNT EVEN NOMINATED HIM FOR AFRICAN PLAYER OF THE YEAR. SO ASK URSELF WHY AND HOW HE CONTINUES TO COMMAND SELECTION N GIVEN THE CAPTAIN BAND OVER PLAYERS LIKE ESSIEN, MUNTARI OR EVEN DEDE? GYAN BETTER PRAY HE DOESENT GET INJURED. IF HE LEAVES AL AIN, HE IS FINISHED. NO CLUB WILL SIGN HIM….CAN U SAY THE SAME FOR ETO, DRGBA, MUNTARI, ESSIEN? EVEN IF U PUT GYAN ON LOAN NO ONE WILL TAKE HIM.

      • peace says:

        GO and hand over the arm band to people who have nothing to do with the national team,go and do it you will see what happens to the BS,it’s not all about playing in a good league it’s a question of commitment and i’m sorry to tell you that as you can see Essien have nothing to do with the national team he doesn’t care at all and beside if he wanted the arm ban he should have stay in the team,as for Dede and Jordan they are too young and undisciplined and Sulley said he is not interested so what do you want. Stop castigating Gyan he is the only one who can carry the team right now so instead of insulting him pray for him.And let me ask you when Gyan was playing for Sunderland he was very good how many awards did he received from CAF,how many????please don’t disturb us with you just hate the guy,leave him alone he deserve to be captain.

  2. Tanko says:

    From the day the captaincy was handed to AG3, some of us knew there was a looming @&#%* cos it was fishy! Muntari got hurt around that time and Essien was in exile. Derek Boateng was wushu washy with the national team and Pantsil seemed to be giving up on the leadership role and coachito/capito wanted to stump on authority. He handed it to Gyan on temp basis, Gyan insisted on permanent and it was given to him. Case closed. Gyan is now the absolute captain of the national team. Each and every Ghanaian has a duty to support him or sow confusion in the team which is unnecessary. As far as am concerned, AA is the coach and Konadu is his assistant. Asamoah Gyan is the captain. End of story. Good luck AG3!

  3. EBIEDE says:

    nice one @Tanko…Etisenyin

  4. 1 GH. says:

    This is how we destroy our team’s ambitions. Who cares who the captain is as long as the team is doing well. At a time when we need to unite as one country to qualify for the World Cup, we are coming up with all sorts of unnecessary distractions. I don’t blame anyone but Kwesi Nyantmekyi. AA was in the team which performed poorly because of in-fighting. It is obvious that he cannot organize the team without confusion. I dont see why he should be in charge. In fact we are sitting on a time bomb with AA in charge. AA is a gentleman but definitely not a good coach.

  5. There is no agitation from any quarters in the Black Stars about any captaincy. GSN and their writers are just creators of confusion. Just give us a break. Agitation or just a figment of your imagination.

  6. GHFUO, BE SERIOUS NOT PRIDEFUL! says:

    GHPPL HAVE NO MEMORY. WHO WAS THE CAPTAIN WHEN GH PLACED 4TH AT AFCON 2013?…NUFF SAID. PLS, GET RID IF GYAN. HE IS MEDIOCRE N PLAYS IN UAE. LEAVE HIM ALONE TO GO AFTER MONEY. GBSTARS IS FOR SEASONED, SERIOUS PLAYERS ONLY. IF GYAN WAS ANY GOOD. DONT U THINK CAF WOULD HVE MENTIONED HIM AS CAF PLAYER OF THE YR CANDIDATE?

  7. jos says:

    i also think asamoah Gyan, does not deserve to be the captain,first he is not playing at the highest level and he has not set the best of example by resigning from the national team so maybe Muntari is a better is a better option, but Kwesi Appiah should have known better, after being a victim of captaincy war.

  8. Ojam says:

    MONEY DE TALK!! PERIOD!!! WHO IS RICHER THAN GYAN IN THE BS TEAM?!?!?

  9. GH Panther says:

    Fellow Ghanaians, trust me, this captaincy issue is not as big a deal as some media sections mk it luk like. Lets leave it to die or risk disunity in the team which is the only way zambia wud stand a chance to get a result in kumasi. Please, lets not blow this simple matter out of proportion. The parties involved, sulley & co hv not launched any complains and hv clearly stated that they are not embittered.