It was a five-star performance by the Black Stars as they hammered Ethiopia 5-0 in Kumasi on Sunday, giving Kwasi Appiah a wonderful start to his second reign.
Asamoah Gyan, of course, was on the score sheet, opening the scoring with a great header before John Boye, Raphael Dwamena (two goals on his Black Stars debut) and sensational Ebenezer Ofori all scored in the comfortable win.
Gyan’s goal in the ninth minute was historic as he tallied 50 goals, becoming the first Ghanaian to achieve such heights for the senior national team. His achievement has been widely celebrated with Gyan earning praise from all and sundry.
But the issue on the talk board has been Gyan’s decision to wear a customized captain’s armband, apparently on the blind side of the management committee.
The band he wore had the colours of the Ghana flag with his image and iconic number 3 on it.
That meant when he was substituted, his deputy Andre Ayew had to be given one of the two armbands presented during the prematch formalities, with some critics fuelling the perceived rift between the substantive and the deputy captains.
According to critics, it was a needless invention, but Gyan has taken his time to school the public.
“That is what I heard which is quite strange that people are making comments about this armband thing after a huge win.
“Honestly, I don’t know what people want again. Zanetti of Inter Milan had his picture on his arm band, Icardi of Inter Milan and Sergio Ramos as well. So, why is it that anything Asamoah Gyan does is becomes an issue?
“At the end of the day, we have won and we should be happy with that.”
EDITED FROM: myjoyonline