I felt bad when Kwesi Appiah took the captaincy from me to Dede Ayew – Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan has for the first time publicly opened up on how he felt when the captaincy was taken from him and handed over to Dede Ayew by the Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah.

It could be recalled that Asamoah Gyan retired from the national team prior to the Afcon 2019 after the captaincy band was handed over to Andrew Dede Ayew.

It took the intervention of President Akuffo Addo for the Kayserispor striker to reverse his decision.

Commenting on the issue, he said;

“I felt betrayed and felt disappointed. I don’t have an 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 of 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.”