Asamoah Gyan is Ghana captain
To even a casual observer of the African game, the title of this article, and the argument set forth herein may be, initially, a little hard to comprehend. How can I begin to advocate the lily-livered, Sunderland-dropout Asamoah Gyan as a potential Black Stars Captain?
Indeed, at first glance, the striker doesn’t seem to have the constitution to be considered the leader for one of Africa’s heavyweights, and despite the general praise and backslapping that emerged from the heart of Pan-Africa upon his appointment to the role, I am still to be convinced by James Kwesi Appiah’s decision.
When I consider the key qualities demonstrated by iconic captains such as Roy Keane,Giacinto Facchetti, Ledley King and Bryan Robson, I think of loyalty, courage, selflessness, desire and determination.
Now, I am not one to regularly disagree with my chums over at The Chronicle of Ghana, but their suggestion that Gyan was chosen due to his ‘work ethic and incredible leadersh