President Akufo-Addo invites Kwasi Appiah over Gyan's resignation

Author: Samuel Ebo Kwaitoo
President Akufo-Addo reportedly wants Asamoah Gyan to rescind his decision to retire from the Black Stars

Under-fire Black Stars coach, James Kwasi Appiah, has been summoned to an emergency meeting at the seat of government, Jubilee House, in Accra over the sudden resignation of the captain of the senior nation team, Asamoah Gyan, on Monday afternoon.

Gyan stirred controversy by announcing his unceremonious retirement from the Black Stars via Twitter on Monday at a time Ghanaians were eagerly waiting the announcement of a provisional squad for a training camp in Abu Dhabi on June 1.

According to sources, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is seeking explanation from the national coach over the controversial captaincy issue which got the striker to announce his decision to recuse himself from the forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations and also resign from the national team altogether after leading them as captain for six years.

It is understood that the Head of State will also try to get the player to rescind his decision to jump ship just weeks ahead of the AFCON.

President Akufo-Addo reportedly wants Gyan back to the team

According to Graphic Sports Online investigations, Gyan decided to retire from the Black Stars entirely when Coach Appiah communicated his decision to him to make him the general captain of the team.

Inside sources revealed that the coach had opted to make Andre Dede Ayew the new captain to lead Ghana to the AFCON 2019 tournament in Egypt next month.

However, Gyan, who is the most successful player and top scorer in the current Stars set-up might felt slighted by the decision which came barely a month to the tournament.

The brouhaha which followed Gyan's retirement has compelled the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to hold on with the announcement of the provisional list until the outcome of this morning's meeting at the presidency.

It will be recalled that President Akufo-Addo called Gyan and Dede to a meeting at the presidency last year in a bid to reconcile them as part of plans to win AFCON 2019 after a 37-year wait.