Ghanian soccer fans are calling for the striping of Asamoah Gyan’s Captainship citing lack of leadership qualities. It was reported that Gyan broke camp an hour before Ugnada match to go and bail his brother at the police cells. This is unacceptable.

wpid-Ghanafans.jpgTHE ASHANTI Bureau Chief of the Daily Graphic newspaper, Daniel Kenu, who was allegedly beaten by Baffuor Gyan, brother of Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, and some stoutly-built men last Friday, says his attackers subjected him to severe beatings as if he was a thief.

?My brother, Baffuor Gyan and the ?macho-men? that followed me manhandled me like a thief in the presence of several people including colleague journalists at the Baba Yara Stadium,? he said in a weak tone.

Kenu, who sounded calm but weak, said Baffuor Gyan, an ex-footballer, was the first to pounce on him. ?He jumped and slapped me twice on both cheeks and the rest followed,? he lamented.

The Daily Graphic reporter said the ?macho-men? pounded every part of his body where they could lay hands on, adding that he wailed in pain and ran like a criminal to save his life.

He said he had severe headache and pain all over his body since the assault, pointing out that medical doctors had suggested that he undergo a head scan to verify the extent of injury to his head.

Trouble Question

Baffour Gyan and his gang were furious that Mr Kenu had asked Asamoah Gyan to clear the air on the disappearance of his friend and hiplife musician Castro, over which a group of youth had demonstrated against the player during one of the training sessions at the Baba Yara Stadium ahead of the Ghana/Uganda AFCON 2015 qualifier.

Apparently Mr Kenu had wanted Asamoah Gyan to use the platform at the press soiree at the Miklin Hotel in Kumasi to clear the air on the matter. The question infuriated the Ghana captain who wanted to attack the journalist at the event.

Asamoah Gyan was prevented from answering the question by president of the Ghana Football Association Kwesi Nyantakyi, and had to be restrained from physically attacking Daniel Kenu, who only wanted the striker to say something that would end speculations that he had ?sacrificed? his friend Castro when they went for holidays in Ada.

According to him, the Ghana skipper felt peeved about his question and ?I suspected this triggered the unexpected beating in public which was led by Baffuor Gyan.?

He accused Samuel Anim Addo, Manager of Asamoah Gyan, of instigating the attack, saying that ?it was Anim Addo who pointed me to Baffuor Gyan and the macho-men to beat me.?

 

Mr Kenu told DAILY GUIDE that Baffuor Gyan, who was fuming with rage, slapped him on the left cheek and then the right ?and I became dazed and confused, not knowing what to do.?

He said the macho-men accompanying Baffuor Gyan followed it up with a barrage of punches on his body which made him weak and helpless. ?At that time I thought I was going to die.?

According to him, the dastardly incident occurred right in the presence of his other colleague journalists including Asante of the GNA; but nobody could come to his rescue as the macho-men were many.

Ipad

In the course of the beating, Mr Kenu recounted that his Ipad was snatched from him by the blood-thirsty hoodlums, noting that Asante of GNA however managed to whisk the Ipad from the macho-men and left the scene.

According to the journalist, some Good Samaritans rescued him from his attackers ?and I drove my car at top speed from the stadium where I had visited for my accreditation for the Ghana/Uganda game to report to DCOP Kofi Boakye.?

Hospital

He said the police issued a medical form to him, so he quickly rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi where he was treated and discharged.

Mr Kenu however said that because he was feeling severe pains in his head, doctors had recommended that he undergo a head scan.

Blood Pressure

The Graphic reporter said the doctors also realised that his blood pressure was high so they treated him for that and asked him to rest for some days.

Mr Kenu commended the Ashanti Regional Police Command, in particular, DCOP Kofi Boakye, for the swift manner in which he ordered the arrest of Baffour Gyan and Anim Addo, Asamoah Gyan?s Manager.

According to him, the police had displayed that indeed the law is working in the Ashanti Region and irrespective of one?s status in society if he/she breaks the law that person would be arrested.

Court

He said he would go to any length, including resorting to the law courts, to ensure that Baffuor Gyan and the macho-men who maltreated him like a common criminal, were dealt with according to law.

Bail

Baffour Gyan, who turned himself in after the police declared him wanted over the attack, was later granted a police inquiry bail.

The police said a surety brought by Baffour Gyan to bail him was equally arrested after the police discovered that the surety was also a suspect in the case which turned out to be Asamoah?s manager, Anim Addo.

Baffour had to produce another surety before he was released on bail.

He?is, however, expected to report to the police today to assist in investigations.

The police said they were searching for two other persons identified by the victim as perpetrators of the assault on him.

Mr Kenu had gone to the Baba Yara Stadium to pick his accreditation for the Ghana -Uganda clash when the incident happened.

At that press briefing organised by the Ghana Football Association on Wednesday at the Miklin hotel, the Black Stars captain nearly confronted the reporter. His brother was said to have picked up from Asamoah Gyan?s fury, beating?the reporter up on?Friday.

GJA Condemns Attack

Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional branch of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) has condemned the assault on Mr Kenu.

The GJA in a statement said it ?finds it strange and shocking that such a nice opportunity given to the player should be abused. It should be put on record that whether Asamoah Gyan likes it or not the rumour is out there, and the reporter without any malice wished that he used the occasion to clear himself.

?The GJA would like to remind the family of Gyan to stop thinking that their so-called popularity in football could clothe them with authority to treat journalists with contempt,? the statement cautioned.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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