By Patrick Akoto
Ex-Ghana international Odartey Lamptey has backed the permanent appointment of Asamoah Gyan as Black Stars captain.
Head coach Kwesi Appiah announced the decision to hand over the armband to the Al Ain attacker after excelling in the role during the country’s 2013 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Malawi.
The 26-year-old takes over from veteran John Mensah who has been elevated to the role of a General captain of the team.
The former Sunderland man will be required to spearhead the West African heavyweights to win their first African crown in 31-years.
The ex-national Under-17 is thrilled with Gyan’s appointment and remains confident he can fit into the leadership role.
“I think it is good decision for him to be made the permanent captain of the team. We wish him and the team the best of luck,” Lamptey said
“Coach Kwesi Appiah knows the qualities in him and that’s why he decided to hand over the armband to him and so it’s fair enough.
“It is a good decision that he has taken and all we have to do is to support him.
“He is our main striker and so he should score the goals so that the young ones will learn from him.”
The Ghanaian international is just five goals shy of equalling Abedi Pele 33 goals scored at the senior level in 67 matches.
Gyan has scored 28 goals in 60 senior appearances for the Black Stars.