Former Ghana Football Association vice president Fred Pappoe has played down suggestions that Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Teye Partey should succeed Asamoah Gyan as the Black Stars captain.
A reported rift between Gyan and deputy captain Andre Ayew has led to a division in the national team.
And with the duo missing out of the Black Stars' assignments since September last year due to injuries, some Ghanaians believe it’s time to confirm Partey as new skipper after successfully leading the team in their absence.
“One thing that I will plead with Ghanaians is that they shouldn't taint Thomas Partey with the captaincy argument," Pappoe told Ghanaweb.
"I believe we should keep him out of that debate because we owe it as a responsibility to the young man. He has a huge potential, huge talent and he is hugely promising so let’s not disturb him with this captaincy thing.
"Let’s keep him away from that for the time being because it may not help him in the future,” he added.
Partey, who made his international bow against Mauritius in 2016, has 17 caps and seven goals under his belt.