Thursday, June 4, 2020

Kwasi Appiah Betrayed Me – Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan has finally broken his silence on the Black Stars captaincy he was stripped ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) recently held in Egypt.

Baby Jet as he’s commonly referred to has said he felt betrayed and disappointed following Coach Kwasi Appiah’s decision.

Few weeks to the 2019 AFCON, Kayserispor skipper was elevated to be the team’s general captain losing the match-day role to Andre Ayew.

This decision infuriated the anger of Gyan which led him to announce his retirement from the Black Stars but later rescinded his decision following the intervention of President Akufo- Addo.

“I felt betrayed and felt disappointed. I don’t have an problem with him (coach).I won’t lie to you, I felt extremely hurt,” Asamoah told Asempa FM on the Ultimate Sports Show, Friday morning.

He said he’s a homo sapien and anyone would have felt same if they were in his situation.

“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.” he indicated

The former Sunderland forward noted he was very vexed and that influenced his decision to resign from the senior national soccer team.

“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.” he exclaimed

He concluded that he has no problem with Coach Kwasi Appiah and willing to work with him.

“I have no problem with the coach. We are very cool and we look forward to the future.

BrownGh.Com reported earlier that, Gyan has disclosed he is ‘too young’ to retire from football.

He said at 33, he is not ready to walk away from football.

“I’m not retiring now because l am still very young, I’m still active up and running”. he said when asked about the prospect of retirement.

The former Sunderland skipper further disclosed that he is on talks with teams here in Ghana and overseas. However, he mentioned before he says good bye to football he would like to play for Kumasi Asante Kotoko SC.

Gyan after this year’s AFCON competition told the press, it’s likely he wouldn’t represent Ghana at any tournament again.

“It could be my last”, adding: “Many things happened but I have to go home and think about it well and then see what happens. This is my seventh Africa Cup of Nations, so, I’ll just have to go home and think about it well before I come out to say anything.”

Gyan has scored in six Afcon tournaments, a record currently held by him alongside Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o and Zambian Kalusha Bwalya.

Gyan is the all-time leading goal scorer of the Ghana national team, with 51 goals.


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