Asamoah Gyan has declared his support for Andre Ayew to succeed him as the captain of the Black Stars after he must have left the team.
The out-going captain made this known while speaking on Accra-based Starr FM. Asamoah Gyan who is impressed with Dede’s leadership qualities and his total team play for the Black Stars described Andre Ayew as ‘a great guy’ who tries to say what he thinks; adding that his contributions are always reasonable.
He confidently said that he believes Ayew will make a great leader, having worked with him.
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The Swansea City Star has stated clearly that he has no intentions of unseating his boss Asamoah Gyan as some earlier claims have it. According to Ayew, he is instead receiving training from Gyan so that he will be able to replace him efficiently when he has left the team.
Next year, 2017 will be my tenth year in the Black Stars. I have stayed very long in the team and have captained before when Asamoah Gyan was not around. He is grooming me to be ready to take over from him when he is no more in the team,” he said.
I have an excellent relationship with him, and I have learnt to work together with him for the best of the nation and the team,” Ayew added.
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We would recall that Ayew led Ghana to a historic U-20 World Cup in 2009 when Egypt hosted the prestigious tournament. He was also in charge of the Black Stars when Ghana picked its final ticket in Mauritius for the 2017 AFCON Championship slated for Gabon.
There had been rumours circulating the media that there is a leadership tussle ongoing between Andre Ayew and Asamoah gyan.
The said rumours mainly emanated from certain comments made by ex-players as regards the team’s recent performances which were unsatisfactory.
However, Asamoah Gyan publicly cleared that air on the media, saying that no such thing exists. According to him, it is normal for a leader to receive criticisms, especially from ex-players. He further stated that he has a very cordial relationship with Ayew. His words:
There certain players, who have been trying to create rivalry between me and Andre Ayew, because I have in the national team five years before Andre comes in. Ayew looked at me as a role model both on and off the field and my relationship with him is that of senior brother, who always take care of his younger brother like his son.”
The people who have been supporting him today will criticize him tomorrow for team’s bad performance. Because, to be a leader is not an easy job, you had to go through tough times, before you understand how to manage a team, Gyan told media on Monday. I’ve been here after facing a lot of criticism that make me strong, at this stage of career, I still had the ability to lead Black Stars.”
I’m not afraid of anything, as I’m used to these kinds of issues being raised by the ex-footballers,” he concluded.
Andre on his own part also denied the existence of rivalry between him and Gyan. He plainly stated that he is not interested in any kind of leadership. He therefore urged the ex-players to stop peddling such rumors and try to back the team for the next 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. He also added that the Black Stars are happy and united under the captaincy of Asamoah Gyan.