Ghana named Ayew captain ahead of Africa Cup of Nations

Sat 25 May 2019 | 1:27

Andre Ayew will captain the Black Stars in AFCON 2019.

Ghana's Football Association (GFA) has confirmed that Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah has named Andre Ayew as the permanent captain of the team. This is as the nation's football federation said former captain, Asamoah Gyan, had been made 'general captain' for the Africa Cup of Nations squad after captaining the Black Stars for a record seven years.

Gyan said he would quit the national team, angered by Appiah's plan to strip him of the team captaincy, but the country's President Nana Akufo-Addo intervened and persuaded the veteran to stay on.

Ayew, son of Ghan’s football legend, Abedi 'Pele' Ayew, made his debut appearance in the Black Stars as a teenager in 2008 and later he captained Ghana's junior side to win the Under-20 World Cup in 2009.

The 29-year-old is replacing Black Stars all-time leading top scorer, Asamoah Gyan, who recently had an argument with Appiah over the captaincy position.

Italy-based midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah has been named the deputy captain.

A 29-man provisional squad will leave Accra for Dubai on June 1 for pre-tournament preparations, after which a final 23 will be named for the tournament, which kicks off on June 21.

Ghana will play in Group F alongside Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau at the Nations Cup.

source: SportMob

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