We didn’t call the local players for calling sake; Gyan still captain – Tanko

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First deputy Black Stars coach Ibrahim Tanko has claimed the local players called to the Black Stars are not to appease people and Asamoah Gyan is still the team’s captain.
Tanko who was the deputy coach for Cameroon at the 2017 AFCON made these comments on Nhyira FM Power Sports when being interviewed by the host Bright Kankam Boadu. Most Ghanaians were happy to see some of the local based players in the Black Stars squad to face Ethiopia in the 2019 Africa Cup Of Nations qualifier.
But some people also are of the view that these players were called just to please the local fans but not to compete with the already established players of the team.
Speaking on this argument, he said, “we didn’t call the local players because we wanted to please some people but because they deserve to be in the squad. Last season for instance, I watched most of the league games and this season too I’ve watched some of the league games with head coach Kwesi Appiah. They can compete with the already established players that’s why we called them. We are here to work and not to please anyone”.Speaking on the captaincy issue which has been an issue at camp and leading to gossips that it has created division within the team.
“Coach Kwesi Appiah said in his interview in Accra that Asamoah Gyan is still the team’s captain and Andre Ayew is the deputy captain. Both players know this and it has not created any problem for the team.
They laugh and hang around at camp but I can’t tell you 100% that they are at peace”, he added.
Ghana faces Ethiopia on Sunday and will then travel to the United States to play Mexico and USA in a double friendly game.

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