Atsu plays down captaincy issues in Black Stars

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Ghana Black Stars and Newcastle United winger,Christian Atsu, has played down any future problems the captaincy issues might cause in the Black Stars set up.

This comes after Coach Akwasi Appiah named Andre Ayew the new captain of the black Stars amidst several issues.

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It will be recalled that earlier last week, Asamoah Gyan, former captain went on a 41-hour retirement from the national team, after he expressed his displeasure at being stripped off the captaincy and ‘elevated’ to the role of general captain.

Atsu, who was named the best player at the 2015 edition of the African Cup of Nations, in a recent interview said;

For me, I don’t care who is captain of the Black Stars. Who ever the coach decides is captain, I will give him the same respect and support I gave to the old captain,” the Newcastle man said.

“What’s important is winning the cup. If we can win the AFCON, it will bring happiness to the country,” he added.

Asamoah Gyan has since rescinded his decision to retire and duly accepted the role of general captain and looks to have made peace with the coach Akwasi Appiah after a visit to his office on Monday.

Atsu made 28 appearances in the just ended English Premier league seasono as the magpies survived relegation  yet again to stay in the premier league. He scored one goal, the first equaliser against Liverpool in the penultimate game of the season.

He will be looking forward now to leading the Ghanaian charge as the Black Stars look to end a 37-year wait for an AFCON trophy in Egypt next month.


Written by Eli Avot

Eli is a determined young man driven by his will to succeed and his passion for sports. Writer, presenter, pundit.

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