‘I’m Solidly Behind You’ – Asamoah Gyan Pledges To Support Dede Ayew As Captain

Former Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan has finally congratulated new captain of the team, Andre Dede Ayew, pledging to support him.
In a recent interview, the spokesperson for Asamoah Gyan, Mr. Kweku Obeng made the statement stating exactly what Asamoah Gyan told him to tell Ghanaians.
“What I can promise Ghanaians is that, Former Captain Asamoah Gyan is very happy and all he wants to say is that, he congratulates André Dede Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah for taking this position and we are with them. In fact they have been with us all these years when we were captaining the national team.”, he stated.
Asamoah Gyan has been in the news in recent times after he made the decision to retire from international football after he was stripped off the captaincy.
It took the intervention of the President of Ghana in order to persuade Asamoah Gyan to rescind his decision.
Source: www.ghgossip.com

Asamoah Gyan’s son wins another trophy with UK based youth club

Frederick Gyan, the first son of Blackstars striker, Asamoah has won his 2nd trophy of the season.
The young lad plays in the United Kingdom with the youth team of Oxford City Football Club.
Two months ago, his mother Gifty Gyan did announce his first ever trophy at Oxford City.
The wife of Asamoah has sent his congratulations message to him for winning another trophy.
Gifty Gyan took to her Instagram page to share a photo which sees Frederick Gyan and his teammates posing with the trophy.

Confirmed: Coach Kwesi Appiah names Dede Ayew as Black stars captain

Black Stars coach, Kwesi 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.
Henceforth, Ayew replaces Asamoah Gyan, as captain of the Black Stars. Gyan, who has captained the Black Stars for a record of seven years has been elevated to the position of “General Captain”.
Subsequently, Kwadwo Asamoah has been named the deputy captain. More importantly, Dr Kofi Amoah who happens to be the incumbent president of the GFA-NC has called on all stakeholders and citizens to support the transition whilst the Black Stars prepare their assault and conquest of Africa at AFCON 2019.

AFCON 2019: Asamoah Gyan named in 29-man provisional squad

Kayserispor forward Asamoah Gyan has been named in Kwesi Appiah’s 29-man provisional squad for the AFCON in Egypt.
Gyan retired from international football on Monday after a dispute with Head Coach Kwesi Appiah over the team’s captaincy, only for the 33 year old to old rescind his decision 48 hours later after President Akufo-Addo intervened in the matter.
The 29 consists of three goalkeepers, ten defenders, eleven midfielders and five strikers, with three locally based players making the cut.

'We need full concentration and unity to win AFCON' – Gyan

Mr Samuel Anim Addo, spokesperson for Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan has said Ghana needs full concentration and unity to win this year’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON), to be staged in Egypt next month.
Speaking in an interview with the GNA Sports, Mr Anim Addo who confirmed the decision of the player to return to the Black Stars after announcing his retirement said, the national team can only be successful if the entire remain focused and united both spiritually and physically.
According to Mr. Anim Addo the playing body and the technical team must henceforth seek ways to build unity in their quest to end the 37-year old trophy draught.

A spiritualist advised Kwesi Appiah to drop Gyan for Dede – Gyan’s aide reveals

An aide to Asamoah Gyan has revealed that Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah decided to strip captain Asamoah Gyan off the captaincy of the the team and hand it to Dede Ayew because of the advice of his spiritual father.
Gyan announced a shock retirement from the Black Stars team on Monday and claimed that he would not be named in the Ghana squad for AFCON 2019 while another team is given the captaincy.
Gyan who has been captain since 2012, reportedly took the decision after he was told that Andre Ayew would replace him as captain while he remained General Captain.
But in a shocking twist to the saga, a member of the communication team for Asamoah Gyan Group of Companies, Kweku Obeng, also known as “Maestro” has claimed that Appiah’s decision was taken after his spiritual father told him that Ghana would win the AFCON with Ayew as captain.

President Akufo-Addo summons Kwesi Appiah over Asamoah Gyan’s retirement

The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has invited the technical team of the Black Stars, the Management Committee, and the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association as well as the Asamoah Gyan camp to a meeting at the Jubilee House this afternoon.
The news we gathered is aimed at addressing the issues that led to the sudden retirement of Asamoah Gyan from the Black Stars.
Gyan quit the team yesterday May 19, 2019 over a decision to strip him off the captain’s arm band for AFCON 2019.
It is believed the decision has left the president alarmed with the belief that the incident could derail the country’s quest for a first AFCON title in 37 years.
It is unclear if Gyan and Ayew will be able to personally attend the meeting as both players are still in Turkey with their respective clubs.

Asamoah Gyan feels betrayed by Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah

Asamoah Gyan’s decision to call time on his glittering international career has left the nation in deep shock.
With barely two months to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, captain of the Black Stars Asamoah Gyan sent shock waves amongst football advocates in the country after he announced his retirement from the national team.
In a two-part press release, the in-form Kayserispor striker said he was resigning due to feeling sense of betrayal.
Few months ago, coach Appiah contemplated dropping him from his final squad because he was not playing, battling injuries and form had dipped.

Isaac Dogboe suffers another heavy blow

This was pressure cooker stuff for Isaac Dogboe. More like a David-versus-Goliath situation where Goliath triumphs.
Nothing different from what was seen in the first fight last December. The sweet smell of Mexican flavour flowing through the Convention Centre in Arizona. Navarrette had it. Crowd support, power, tactics, composure. Everything. From the offset, the Mexican Emmanuel Navarrette controlled the fight and played it all to his advantage till he finally won with a technical knockout in the 12thround.
Punch after punch, round after round Naverrette kept coming into his own, making fewer mistakes and using his merits to overpower the minuscule Isaac Dogboe. By the 8thround, Navarrette had landed 47% of his punches. He looked comfortable all through the bout.
“I am very surprised that he took so many hard shots. I am surprised at how long it took him before he went down. I thank Dogboe for giving me an opportunity to confirm my status as a champion to the world,” the champion said after the bout with his chest really high.
Navarrette threw everything at his opponent. Everything he had in his armoury; reach, height, power. All he used to great effect against the little man.
Dogboe looked decent in Round One. His corner looked to have it really covered up until the third when Navarrette’s offence started working to top level.
The idea of rematches is to correct, fine-tune rough edges and return to make things better but this in no way looked like that. Navarrette kept pushing into Dogboe and using his long reach to keep Dogboe at arm’s length.
In the fourth round, a brilliant combination of punches, body shots and uppercuts left Dogboe’s legs wobbly. The Ghanaian hit the canvas in the final seconds of the round. That moment in many ways is where Dogboe started losing the fight.
Aside from having a better fight plan, Navarrette had a perspicacious corner. They knew what they wanted. Dogboe still tried to move in and work Navarrette’s body but his combinations didn’t really trouble the champion.
At the start of Round 8, Dogboe looked to the heavens. Somehow seeking inspiration from there to help continue what looked like a lost cause. He looked better in the round though but his flurry of punches were all answered by the champion, who relied on overhand right shots and left uppercuts. Navarrette kept landing.
Nothing will strike Dogboe more than this. Another loss to the same opponent only means one thing.
“The fight was not over. It is not over until it actually is. Hats off to him. He did a great job being the champion,” Dogboe said after the fight.
Dogboe lost the title in December. Five months on, he has lost it again to the same man which is never a good look on any boxer.
“I would love to let everyone be aware that the Super Bantamweight division is becoming very challenging for me to make the weight. My next fight, I will be moving to the 126kg division. I believe that I will much more comfortable at that level. It is a struggle making 122kg.  We will surely meet again,” Dogboe added when he was asked about his next move, his future.
Dogboe may be down now but he certainly is not out. The big question will be raised about his corner of which his dad superintends.
As a former champion, all of this will be hard to take but as the adage goes, “If you cannot take a defeat, you cannot take a win”.
Dogboe will return another time and the pasture will be greener. NeHo.
By Yaw Ofosu Larbi|3news.com|Ghana

‘I will play for Kotoko before I retire’ – Asamoah Gyan

Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has trumpeted his undying affection for Ghana premier league club Asante Kotoko by affirming his commitment to playing for the Kumasi-based club before he retires from professional football.
In an interview with Kumasi-based Kessben FM, Ghana’s record goalscorer, spoke fondly of his attachment to the Porcupine Warriors and how he closely follows the progress of the team.