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Asamoah Gyan retires from Black Stars over captaincy brouhaha!


Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has shockingly retired from the national team over a harmless captaincy issue, with just a month to the Egypt 2019 African Cup of Nations.

Coach of the Black Stars, Kwesi Appiah, was expected to name his squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt with the possible inclusion of Gyan, who still holds the enviable record as Ghana’s all-time goal scorer.

Reports suggest that the Black Stars coach had decided to strip the striker of the captaincy and that decision did not go down well with the Turkey-based striker who decided to call time on his memorable international career.

“If the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team for the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament. I also wish to retire from the national team permanently”, Gyan noted in a statement.

Gyan said he has served the nation with an open heart and has given his all to the team and therefore cannot pretend to be happy over a decision to strip him of the captaincy.

“I cannot pretend to be happy, I would rather hurt myself emotionally and psychologically”, his statement added.

It is likely that midfielder Andre Ayew will take over as the captaincy of the team.

The Black Stars are housed in Group F alongside defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.
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