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Snub Ayew and Gyan if you want to succeed – Abbey Pobee tells Kwesi Appiah

Veteran football administrator, Mr Jonathan Abbey Pobee has called on the head coach of the Black Stars Kwesi Appiah, to reject captain Asamoah Gyan and his deputy Andre Ayew, if he wants to succeed.

Ahead of the country’s doubleheader against Iceland and Japan, both players have been dropped by the head trainer.

However, Mr Pobee, who congratulated coach Appiah on his latest call-up, said, “If the coach wants to succeed, then he needs players who would bring peace to the team and I don’t think Ayew and Gyan would bring that.”

The Neoplan Stars financier indicated that Black Stars coach must be commended for the bold step, he has taken to eliminate the two leaders for peace to prevail in the team.

“I have to congratulate Appiah for assembling a quality squad. Because we know that there is power-play between the players and this always brings confusion into the team.

“As far as we know we are experiencing captaincy problems between Gyan and Ayew and this has resulted in factions in the team.

“So if today Appiah is able to eliminate all these people and have called up a fresh batch of players into the Black Stars, it is the best decision,’ he told the GNA Sports in an interview.

“It is better for peace to prevail in the team than to have players fighting among themselves. We have had several instances (some in tournaments) to prove that the two players have not been on good terms.

“And nobody can tell me that there is no confusion in the team because of these players,’ he added.

Coach Kwesi Appiah has named a 21-man squad for the Black Stars’ upcoming international friendly matches against Iceland and Japan in June.

Ghana will use the games as part of preparations for their upcoming 2019 AFCON qualifying games which will come off later this year.

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