I’ll be Ghana captain until I retire – Gyan

The Shanghai SIPG frontman believes he has what it takes to lead the Black Stars until he hangs up his boots

Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan says he has no plans of relinquishing his role as skipper of the team.

The 30-year-old was named Ghana captain in 2012, but has seen his leadership questioned by many in recent times, particularly during Ghana’s disastrous 2014 Fifa World Cup campaign when the team crashed out at the group stage following a series of agitations over unpaid appearance fees.

“I will remain captain of the team [Black Stars] until I retire”, Gyan was quoted as saying by Gazzetta Ghana.

“If you’re a captain, you have to tolerate certain things in camp because once you are a leader, everybody can tell you whatever they feel like saying.

“As a leader, you have tolerate all these things and make sure you gather all the boys and have couple of meetings, then you move on.”

Following the 2014 World Cup debacle, a Presidential Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the team’s disappointing showing recommended that the striker be given formal leadership training.

“Being a captain, I have to exercise patience and use what I learnt from the previous captains to [lead] to the team,” Gyan added.

“If you look at the team, almost 80 per cent of the players are young and upcoming so with my experience, I [know what I] have to do as a captain.”

The Shanghai SIPG striker has led Ghana to two Africa Cup of Nations tournaments – 2013 and 2015 – in addition to the 2014 World Cup.

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