Asamoah Gyan’s Decision To Retire From Black Stars The Right Call, Says Ex-Ghana Stars

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Former Black Stars and Hearts of Oak defender, Sam Johnson has sensationally indicated that he is in support of Asamoah Gyan’s decision to retire from the national team.

The Kayserispor forward on Monday announced his retirement from the national team through a press release on explaining that he feels betrayed by head coach James Kwesi Appiah.

According to the statement, the player does not agree with the gaffer’s decision to choose a substantive captain when he is fit and around.

Hence his decision to call it quits as far as playing for the national team is concerned.

Speaking on Kumasi FM, Sam Johnson explained that even though some people will not be happy with the player’s decision, we should all respect and accept it.

“I’m not surprised by Gyan’s’ decision to retire because it’s been the wish of most Ghanaians claiming he’s ageing. I know most people are happy but we must analyze whether his input is needed or not but I think we have to respect his decision”, Sam Johnson said.

He added, “Some people have been saying so many bad things about him but in order not for him to harbour some pain in him during the AFCON, I think it’s a good decision for him to take”.

He further shared that what has happened can only affect the Black Stars depending on the steps we take heading into the final preparations for the AFCON.

“Whether his announcement to retire from the Black Stars will affect us or not, it depends on how soon we recover and do the right things”, he noted.

Blame Coach Kwesi Appiah For Asamoah Gyan’s Premature Retirement – Alhaji Grusah

Outspoken football administrator, Alhaji Grussah has insisted that Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah must be blamed for Asamoah Gyan’s retirement from the national team.

On Monday, May 20, the former Sunderland forward issued a statement of retiring from the national team with a month to the start of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.

In Gyan’s statement. it was clear that the Kayserispor forward was not happy with Kwesi Appiah’s decision to make him the general captain of the Black Stars.

And according to the King Faisal life financier, Coach Kwesi Appiah must be blamed for the premature retirement of Asamoah Gyan.

“I will blame Akwasi Appiah for Asamoah Gyan’s premature retirement because you have not named your squad for the tournament so why do u call him on the captaincy issue, he told Ashhfm.

“Asamoah Gyan has been in the team for so many years but has not won any trophy for the Nation so he can go”

“Ghana does not belong to Asamoah Gyan so he can go and I don’t think Ghana will lose anything from his retirement”

Alhaji Grussah also mentioned that the Black Stars can do away with their all-time top scorer because there have been players who even won trophies for the country but upon their retirement the team never retrogressed.

“There have been best players who have played for the National team and won trophies for the Nation so Asamoah Gyan can go. We won’t lose anything for his exclusion.

“Akwasi Appiah made a very big mistake in talking to Asamoah Gyan about the captaincy because you have not named your squad for the tournament but you rush to talk about the captaincy which was wrong”, he concluded.

Asamoah Gyan scored 51 goals in 106 appearances for the Black Stars of Ghana. He played in seven AFCON and three World Cups for the team.

Former Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, Joseph Yamin has expressed his disappointment to the decision by Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan to retire from International Football whiles insisting that the player was ill-advised.

According to him, the surprise announcement from Ghana’s all-time leading goal scorer is not the best especially when the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 is set to start next month in Egypt.

Gyan earlier today shockingly announced his retirement from the national team through a press statement released from his camp. Part of the statement explained that his decision is largely based on captaincy issues which has become a problem in the team.

A portion of the statement read, “If the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament”.

Speaking on the back of Gyan’s retirement in an interview with Angel FM, Joseph Yamin shared that the people who advised the player to take such a decision did not help him.

“I do not support the decision of Asamoah Gyan to retire because of a captaincy disagreement. I think his advisers have failed him and didn’t handle the issue well”, the former Deputy Sports Minister noted.

Meanwhile, Head Coach James Kwesi Appiah will be unveiling a 30-man squad on Wednesday before the Black Stars start camping in preparation towards the 2019 AFCON.


Samuel Ekow Amoasi Appiah

Staff Writer