Black Stars coach Avram Grant has stated that Asamoah Gyan will be maintained as skipper of the team during his tenure as coach of the team. The announcement follows the 2015 AFCON which Grant said would be used to examine the members of the team.
The Israeli said in an interview on Tuesday that the Al-Ain forward had exhibited the needed qualities to lead the team and he would continue to work with the player.
” First of all, my take is that Gyan is a very good player and captain and he will remain captain as long as I am here and he is fit to play. This is a decision I have taken because of what I saw during the training camp (in Spain) and in the AFCON tournament in Equatorial Guinea.
I was impressed with how he led and placed his ego aside and did not think of himself. I was also struck by the fact that he played in the final even though he was half-fit and it was not easy for him.”
Gyan missed Ghana’s opening Group C match of the 2015 AFCON against Senegal due to illness but came back to play the rest of the tournament for the team and even scored in the match against Algeria.
Grant said the tournament had given him better insight into the team and he asserted that a large part of the current team would form the basis of his future plans with the Black Stars.
” I learned a lot about the team during the tournament. Of course, Gyan will be captain but I picked up some things concerning the team and I am trying to analyse these things but I can say that most of the players in the team will stay.”
Granr is currently on holidays outside Ghana and he is due to return late February. He will also be in Senegal to observe the Black Satellites as they play in the African U20 Championships which starts in March.
By: Nathan Quao/citifmonline.com/Ghana