Asamoah Gyan was forced to drop Black Stars captaincy to Dede Ayew – Laryea Kingston


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Laryea Kingston, a former Ghana international player, asserted that Asamoah Gyan is still upset about how Andre Ayew won the Black Stars captaincy over him.

He claimed that Ayew “got the captaincy by force,” which is why Gyan was upset about the way things turned out.

After almost five years as captain of Ghana, Gyan had his armband removed a few weeks prior to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The veteran striker was named general captain by national team coach James Kwesi Appiah, who also selected Ayew as his new captain.

Gyan announced his retirement from the national team after being unimpressed with the decision, but he later changed his mind following President Akufo-Addo’s intervention.

Gyan’s loss of the Black Stars captaincy serves as one example of how Laryea feels the national team’s management treats legends poorly.

“Look at someone like Asamoah Gyan, Dede Ayew got the captaincy by force so if you are speaking to Asamoah now he is not happy,” he told Graphic Sport.

“I never supported the Black Stars because of what they did to me for so many years, but recently I sat down and said, ‘Let me focus.'”

However, Kwesi Appiah, the former coach of Ghana, thinks that removing Gyan from the Black Stars captaincy was the right move.

Speaking on Prime Take on Joy News in 2023, Kwesi Appiah said he has a lot of respect for Gyan and made sure he informed the striker of the decision in a respectful manner.

“I respect him a lot. That’s the reason why I called him to let him know the decision I was going to take and make him the general captain,” he said.

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