General Captain of the Ghana Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan has publicly spoken after he was stripped off the National football team captaincy and given to Andre Dede Ayew as the permanent Blackstar Captain ahead of the awful 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
In an interview on Accra-based Asempa FM, Asamoah Gyan opened up on how he felt when the captaincy was taken from him and handed over to Dede Ayew by the Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah.
According to Asamoah Gyan, he felt disappointed over Kwesi Appiah’s decision and revealed that he(Kwesi Appiah) was advised by people around him to do that.
“I felt betrayed and felt disappointed. I don’t have a problem with him (coach). I won’t lie to you, I felt extremely hurt,” he told Asempa FM
“I am only human. Nobody can tell me he will be happy over such a decision. If you put yourself in my shoes, you will understand.
“I felt hurt as a human being. I am not the first person to be stripped of the armband. But mostly it happens when one has been embroiled in a scandal. Take the John Terry example.
“Honestly I was hurt. I felt pain in my heart. I will say the coach did not do well. He took his decision but how he went about it was wrong, to be honest.
“I was talked to by the president of Ghana and other senior statesmen to see the larger picture and life. And I took everything in my stride.
“I have no problem with the coach. We are very cool and we look forward to the future.”
Asamoah Gyan announced on Monday, May 20 that he was quitting the national team over coach Kwasi Appiah’s decision to hand the captaincy of the Black Stars to another player, elevating him to the position of General captain.
He, however, rescinded his decision to retire from international football after he had a conversation with President Nana Akufo-Addo.
Asamoah Gyan had been captain of the national team since 2012, leading the Black Stars to four major international tournaments including the World Cup.