Ghananewsaid.com Sports has gathered intelligence that Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah is determined to scrap the position of deputy captain from the national team set-up.
According to our sources, Appiah wants to have a substantive captain of the Black Stars, but rotate the deputy captaincy depending on who he feels is best suited for a particular game.
We are told by our supreme sources that this measure has arisen in the face of Andre Ayew’s unresolved immediate future with the Black Stars.
Currently, AsamoahGyan is the captain of the Black Stars while Andre Ayew is the deputy. But the West Ham star together with his brother Jordan have not been called up for Ghana’s two international games raising eyebrows and allegations that there is a feud between Kwesi Appiah and the Ayew brothers.
The choice of who becomes captain of the Black Stars by convention goes to the senior-most player in the set-up and the deputy is given to the second senior-most player.
The Black Stars, and its managers have had to deal with a lot of captaincy rumours in the last couple of years, with media reports rife that Andre Ayew with backing from section of the playing body feels he is the man to lead the national team and not Asamoah Gyan.
The GFA has always denied that such tensions exists between Andre and Asamoah Gyan but Appiah’s latest rotation policy, if accepted by the Ghana Football Association, is expected to permanently but to bed these rumors and perceived tension.
In Ghana’s last 2018 World Cup qualifier against Uganda in Kampala, it was Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey who was handed the captaincy in the absence of Asamoah Gyan. But Gyan is back in the fold for the last game of the qualifiers against Egypt in Cape Coast on Sunday, November 12.
The Black Stars will face the Pharaohs in Cape Coast, in a match which Kwesi Appiah is expected to use to further assess the development of the team, as Egypt have already secured the sole ticket to Russia from the group.
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