No rift with Ayew, Gyan says amid customized armband controversy

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The Black Stars striker has rubbished reports that he has fallen out with his national teammate over the captaincy

In the wake of the armband controversy during Sunday's 5-0 triumph over Ethiopia, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has moved to quickly rubbish rumours, for the umpteenth time, of a bad blood between him and deputy Andre Ayew.

Donning a customized skipper piece in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, Gyan had to walk off the pitch with his armband following his substitution in the 65th minute, forcing Ayew to pick up a new one from the bench.

The incident has only as much heightened speculations of a captaincy dispute between the two, completely taking the post-match focus off the rather elegant display of the Black Stars on the day.

"I think sometimes people see us and they guess [that we have a rift]," Gyan said.

"But we in camp know what is going on, so I don't think there's any issue between me and Andre.

"I was in the national team before he came. I've been his idol since day one. His father likes me so much.

"As human beings, you don't know what people think [of you], sometimes, you may see me and you may not like me. It's normal, we're talking about the reality.

"But from what I have seen, we don't have any problem. Everything is okay."

It was not only the Black Stars' display that has been overshadowed by the incident.

Ghana's opener was Gyan's 50th goal in the shirt of the Black Stars, comfortably leaving the Al Ahli striker as the 2015 Afcon finalists' all-time scorer.

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After the match, the 31-year-old was seen in yet another customized shirt in celebration of his 50th goal. 

Unfortunately, his remarkable achievement received little attention as local media and fans rather chose interest in the armband controversy.


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