Black Stars coach Akwasi Appiah has named Andre Ayew the new permanent captain of the senior national team , the Black Stars ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt next month.
An announcement by the official Ghana Football Association site made know of the changes in the captaincy of the national team which has caused so much controversy in the last few days and even led to a 41-hour retirement by former captain Asamoah Gyan who couldn’t hide his displeasure at the decision.
The statement read:
“Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah has named André Ayew as the permanent captain of the team.”
“This follows a meeting with the top brass of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) Normalization Committee (NC) after which approval and full backing was granted to the plans of the coach.”
Ayew made his debut for the stars 11 years ago against Senegal on August 21, 2007 in a friendly ahead of the 2008 AFCON hosted in Ghana. He was later chosen as part of the squad to play in the AFCON.
Ayew made his first competitive Black Stars appearance in the semi final of the 2008 AFCON against Cameroon and has been a regular for the Black Stars since. In 81 appearances that spreads across 2 world cups and 5 AFCONs, he has scored 14 goals including 2 at the mundial.
Ayew isn’t new to this role, having served as captain of the national U-20 team, the Black Satelites 10 years ago and leading them to conquer Africa and the world.
He also has served as deputy captain to Black Stars all time top scorer, Asamoah Gyan in the last 5 years. With Gyan now being elevated to the role of the ‘General Captain’, Ayew has been given the charge to lead the Stars in Egypt next month. He will be assisted by Inter Milan Star and 6-time Serie A winner, Kwadwo Asamoah.
Ayew joins an enviable list of Black Stars greats, including Asamoah Gyan, John Mensah, Stephen Appiah, CK Akunnor and his own father, ‘the maestro’ Abedi ‘Pele’ Ayew as players to have captained the Black stars.
The president of the Normalisation Committee of the Ghana Football Association, Dr. Kofi Amoah ,has urged all stakeholders to support this decision as the Stars prepare for next month’s competition and seek to end a 37-year trophy drought.