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I played no part in Ayews’ Ghana snub, Gyan addresses rumours

10:12 AM EDT 10/12/17
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The Black Stars captain denies any involvement in the Ayew brothers’ exclusion from the team, amid a reported rift with Andre

Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan has rubbished claims that he contributed to the dropping of Andre and Jordan Ayew from the Black Stars’ squad ahead of recent games against Uganda and Saudi Arabia.

There have been unending speculations of a bad blood between the Kayserispor striker and the West Ham United ace over Ghana’s captaincy, although both men have consistently denied any fall out.

However, reports have been quick to suggest Gyan’s possible influence on coach James Kwesi Appiah’s decision not to invite the duo – Andre and Jordan.

“I am also a player in the team and even as a captain, I am under the coach,” Gyan told Hot FM.

“The coach makes his decision and it is normal for people to complain when he makes decisions like this [dropping the Ayews].

“At the end of the day, I am not the coach to be making decisions. Everybody knows the experience and quality of Jordan and Dede Ayew in the national team, but it is the decision of the coach to invite them into the national team or not.

“Everybody is entitled to his opinion as to why the Ayews were dropped. I will not blame anybody but will blame those who are trying to create rivalry between me and the Ayews in the Black Stars.

“It is the coach who has made his decision. I [was] not part of the team, same as the Ayews.”

Although listed in the provisional squad for the double-header, Gyan was forced to withdraw from the final team due to injury.

In the absence of the skipper and the Ayews, the Black Stars held Uganda to a 0-0 away draw in 2018 World Cup qualifying on Saturday before handing Saudi Arabia a 3-0 defeat in an international friendly on Tuesday.