By James K. Attaglo Wilson
Coach C.K Akonnor has maintained Swansea City forward – André Morgan Rami Ayew as the captain of the Black Stars despite calling on Thomas Partey to snub Arsenal for a Champions League playing team.
“The Technical team of the senior national team, the Black Stars, upon a broad consultation, has maintained Andre Ayew as Captain of the side,” a statement on the official website of the Ghana Football Association on Sunday read.
“The Swansea City attacker who led Ghana to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, maintains his position as leader of the team despite changes at the technical realm of the senior national team,” it added.
Banterifically, in his recent comments on Thomas Partey’s purported transfer to Arsenal, the head coach of the Black Stars [C.K Akonnor] created a false impression in the media as if he’ll only give chance to players who play at the topmost level as he warned the Atletico Madrid midfield towering figure [Partey] to choose a club that plays in the UEFA Champions League instead of Arsenal who’ll play in the Europa League.
“Honestly, I wouldn’t want him to move to Arsenal because with Atletico, he will always play Champions League football,” C.K Akonnor said as quoted by The Sun.
“His position is guaranteed and he will always play.
“With Arsenal, I’m not too sure. Arsenal fans will kill me [for saying he should not join the Gunners].
“I hope that, and I’m sure money issues will come in, but I hope that whatever he asks for, Atletico will be able to pay.”
According to the statement on the GFA’s website André will be assisted by Thomas Partey and Richard Ofori.
“In a related development, Thomas Teye Partey of Atletico Madrid has been appointed as 1st Vice Captain while Richard Ofori steps in as 2nd Vice Captain.”
André Ayew [30yrs] replaced Asamoah Gyan as the captain of the of the senior national soccer team of Ghana in May 2019 under coach Kwesi Appiah, a decision some believe contributed to the Black Stars early exit at the last African Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.
The second son of Abedi Pele’s soccer dynasty [André], is regarded by many as a born leader having led Ghana’s Black Satellite to win gold at the 2009 African Youth Championship as well as the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The Swansea City attacker was a member of Claud Leroy’s bronze winning AFCON 2008 team and a key member of the Black Stars team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa where he was shortlisted for the Young Best Player Award.
André has featured in six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments [2008, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2019], winning the golden boot in 2015.