Asamoah Gyan has revealed that coach Kwesi Appiah stabbed him in the back ahead of Ghana’s poor showing at the 2019 AFCON.
The former Kayserispor forward was at the centre of a Black Stars captaincy row that led to his shock retirement till he was convinced by President Nana Addo to rescind his decision.
Ghana’s all-time top scorer was however limited to cameo appearances during the AFCON.
Gyan said, “I felt betrayed and felt disappointed. I don’t have a problem with him (coach).I won’t lie to you, I felt extremely hurt,” he told Asempa FM.
“I am only human. Nobody can tell me he will be happy over such a decision. If you put yourself in my shoes, you will understand”.
“I felt hurt as a human being. I am not the first person to be stripped off the armband. But mostly it happens when one has been embroiled in a scandal. Take the John Terry example”.
“Honestly I was hurt. I felt pain in my heart. I will say the coach did not do well. He took his decision but how he went about it was wrong, to be honest”.
“I was talked to by the president of Ghana and other senior statesmen to see the larger picture and life. And I took everything in my stride”.
“I have no problem with the coach. We are very cool and we look forward to the future.”
The 33-year old has scored 51 goals in 106 appearances for the national team since making his debut in 2003.
He has played in eight Africa Cup of Nations and three World Cups for the Black Stars and might have suggested that he is done playing for the national team.