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The skipper clinched a one-year loan deal with United Arab Emirates side Al Ahli Wednesday after a move to England broke down. What a humiliation to the Ghanaian skipper.

Asamoah-Gyan-AhliSo, my question is: how can a player fail medicals in one league and pass with distinction in another league? And here, let me borrow Ghana’s Kumawood actor and comedian, Kwadwo Nkansah Lilwine’s manufactured English, ‘I don’t think madness.

I don’t think far’, to wit, he does not understand. I just don’t understand. Even though both clubs are in different continent and as such play with different speed and energy in their respective leagues, but they are playing football.

Reading FC is in the English Premier League, a league which is rated the best in the world while Al Ahli is in the United Arab Emirates and as such cannot be compared to the former, but I have these questions for Ghanaian soccer fans, administrators and the government. What do we look for in appointing the skipper for the Black Stars?

Is Asmoah Gyan unfit? Do the Black Stars want an unfit player to lead them? Why will Ghana settle on a player who failed medicals to lead the team?

Why will Ghana settle on a player from a team that does not fit to play in the world’s competitive league to lead the team? Asem Sebe. No wonder Ghana has since 1982 not won the African Cup before. It’s all because of some of these issues.

Asamoah Gyan, who is one of the best paid players in the world on a £227,000 a week contract since moving to Shanghai SIPG in July 2015 has proven to the world that he is unfit to lead the team as the Black Star skipper and a leading striker.

Ghanaians must vie for the best and not settle for ‘second hand player’ who cannot play in a competitive league. Asamoah Gyan failed the medicals in the English Premier League side Reading FC. Reports in the English media claim that the 30-year old was set for a loan spell from Chinese side Shanghai SIPG, but due to the fact that he needed eight weeks to reach full fitness, Reading would not take the gamble on him.

A source at Reading told supersport.com: Gyan is able to move, pass, and his weight and everything is fine. But he is not match sharp and we suspect it is from his lack of playing time in China. He is a good, good player but we are in need of a good-to-go striker now.

We can’t afford the luxury of eight weeks? Gyan, who has been in the south-east of England for the past two days, has been looking for a club before the transfer window ends at midnight on Wednesday.

The striker who joined Shanghai SIPG in 2015 in a deal that made him one of the highest-paid footballers in the world at the time, with a weekly wage of 227,000 is now risking more mystery without the needed playing time. Gyan has been beset by injury worries in the past few years, which contributed a great deal to him been relegated to the background at his Chinese Super League club.

We need high level players. He has done enough for Ghana and so it is time he bow out and give way to the energetic ones to take over and try their luck for our mother Ghana. Ghanaians are yearning for African trophy and his current ability cannot help the cause.

Even when he was in his hey days, he could not lead the team to win the cup and now that he has been declared unfit to play, how can he lead the team to win the upcoming African Cup of Nations next year? We the younger generation have not seen and taste the African cup trophy before and we want it now!

Source: Kweku Antwi-Otoo/Onua 95.1FM
The writer is a producer with Onua 95.1FM

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