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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has opened up on the captaincy row that clouded the Black Stars’ Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Egypt saying he felt betrayed Coach Kwasi Appiah who stripped him of the team’s armband just before the tournament.
Few weeks to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, the former Sunderland forward was elevated to be the team’s general captain losing the match-day role to Andre Ayew.
He announced his retirement from the senior national team of Ghana but later rescinded his decision following the intervention of President of Ghana, Nana Addo. “I felt betrayed and felt disappointed. I don’t have an problem with him (coach).I won’t lie to you, I felt extremely hurt,” Asamoah told Asempa FM “I am only human. Nobody can tell me he will be happy over such a decision. If you put yourself in my shoes, you will understand.
“I felt hurt as a human being. I am not the first person to be stripped of the armband. But mostly it happens when one has been embroiled in a scandal. Take the John Terry example. “Honestly I was hurt. I felt pain in my heart. I will say the coach did not do well. He took his decision but how he went about it was wrong, to be honest . “I was talked to by the president of Ghana and other senior statesmen to see the larger picture and life. And I took everything in my stride. “I have no problem with the coach.
We are very cool and we look forward to the future. Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals in all competitions. He has represented Ghana at three FIFA World Cup tournaments.