Ayew Ready: Coach Kwesi Appiah should hand keys to ‘Dede’ for Egypt 2019

Ayew Ready: Coach Kwesi Appiah should hand keys to ‘Dede’ for Egypt 2019
Now, let’s get a few things out of the way:First, I don’t believe there is a leadership feud/crisis in Ghana’s senior national team, and — second — even if there were, I wouldn’t be moved to choose between the supposed protagonists, current skipper Asamoah Gyan and deputy Andre Ayew. But while I do think the armband itself is worth little more than any other piece of polyester, it’s also a fact that the strength of character of he who wears it on his bicep is a far more important force.Since being appointed captain of the Black Stars in October 2012, Gyan has exuded enough of such character, leading Ghana from the front — literally — both with goals and his sheer presence. In that period, through three Nations Cup editions and a Fifa World Cup, no player has embodied Ghana’s highs and lows more than Gyan.The Kayserispor man is keen to do so for at least one last big event, presumably this summer’s Afcon, and it’s hard to begrudge him that chance on the evidence of all he’s done. The reality, though, is that Gyan isn’t doing much to earn that opportunity at the moment. He hasn’t...