Black Stars General Captain, Asamoah Gyan has revealed that he would have rejected the Black Stars captaincy ahead of the African Cup of Nations 2019 if he was Dede Ayew.
Asmoah Gyan was stripped of the captaincy just some weeks to the tournament in Egypt, and given to deputy captain, Dede Ayew.
This decision by the coach obviously got Gyan upset and led to him announcing his retimreent from international duties. In his letter, he stated that he had taken the decision because of the limited role he was to play with the squad at the tournament.
Asamoah Gyan rescinded his decision after a meeting with the President, Nana Akufo-Addo; he then agreed to take up a “general captain” role for the tournament.
Gyan thinks that although issues over the captaincy did affect the team’s performance at the tournament, he believes Ayew should have rejected the captaincy because of the controversies.
“I wouldn’t have accepted it. There was a lot of controversy and pressure. Andre and I had a conversation, he had to explain his part,” he revealed during an interview on Accra-based Joy FM.
“He’s a good guy. He had no choice but to accept it. I don’t blame him but if I were him, I wouldn’t have.”
Many have described Gyan’s statement as double standards as Asamoah Gyan was first made Black Stars captain when John Mensah was relegated to general captain.
However, Gyan does not buy into that argument; stating that unlike him, Mensah was not in the squad. He would have rejected the offer if John Mensah was part of the team back then.