Ghana’s football star Asamoah Gyan has been given a new title after he was stripped of the team captain role for the national team.

Black Stars coach, Kwasi Appiah, named Gyan “general captain”, because of his seniority in the team. Andre Ayew was named the new permanent captain.

Coach Appiah’s decision follows a meeting with the top management team of the Ghana Football Association Normalisation Committee.

On Monday, Gyan announced his retirement from the national team to protest against plans to replace him as captain. He rescinded his decision after a telephone conversation with President Nana Akuffo-Addo.

Before his replacement, Gyan had been the Black Stars’ captain for seven years and had scored 51 goals for the team. The captaincy controversy has been a problem for the Ghanaian national football team for many years.

The Black Stars will play their opening Africa Cup of Nations match against Benin on 25 June.

They have not won the tournament since 1982.

Source: BBC Africa