Barely two months after his controversial striping of the Black Stars captaincy, ex-skipper Asamoah Gyan, believes Coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to take the arms band from him had external influence.
Although the 33-year-old refused to name who was involved in shaping the decision of the Black Stars coach, he insisted that someone had advised the coach to strip him.
Prior to Ghana’s participation in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) the 59-year-old manager announced a reshuffle in the captaincy structure of his team forcing Gyan to announce his retirement from the team until President Akufo-Addo intervened for him to rescind his decision.
In his reshuffle deputy skipper, Andre Ayew was elevated into the substantive captain while Kwadwo Asamoah was made the deputy captain with Gyan’s role consigned to the General Captain.
During the tournament, however, the former Sunderland arrowhead played a very limited role in Coach Appiah’s set up in the competition until they were eventually eliminated at the Round 16th stage by Tunisia.
Speaking to Asempa FM in an interview, Gyan said he was convinced the coach wasn’t his own man during the competition and knew that whichever decisions he took had been influenced.
"100% I believe Kwesi Appiah was influenced to take those decisions. There is no doubt about that," Gyan said.
He explained that those elements behind the coach’s decision were not politicians but insisted that the buck stops with the coach for every decision he took and knows he was influence to take that decision.
"They are not politicians but someone influenced him to take the decision. At the end the coach takes the responsibility but I know someone influenced him because it was not his own decision."