FA ready to pay fine – Afriyie

Gyan wearing his customised captain's armbandThe Ghana Football Association (GFA) says it is ready to face the consequences of Asamoah Gyan’s use of a customized captain’s armband in their 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on Sunday.

The Ghana skipper stirred controversy again in the game after using an armband designed by Black Stars’ kit sponsors, Puma with the country’s flag and Gyan’s image boldly embossed on it.

Upon his substitution, team officials handed a new captain’s arm band to the deputy skipper, Andre Ayew because what the skipper wore was customized.

This development seems to have overshadowed the 5-0 thumping of the Welia Antelopes of Ethiopia in an AFCON 2019 opening qualifier.

However, FIFA’s law on equipment regulations, 20.3; “Captain’s armbands shall remain free of, and shall not produce, in FIFA’s discretion, the visual effect of a manufacturer’s identification, a sponsor, any decorative element or further elements, expect for word “captain” or an abbreviation or translation thereof.”

“I don’t think this is an issue worth debating. If FIFA decides to fine us we are ready to pay. All we can be required to pay will be $1000 – $2,500 and I don’t think this is a big issue,” George Afriyie told Happy FM.

In a related development, Black Stars Coach, Kwesi Appiah, has played down reports of a rift between Asamoah Gyan and Andre Ayew after the former failed to hand over the armband to the latter in the 5-0 drubbing of Ethiopia on Sunday.

Following Gyan’s substitution in the second half, his deputy, Andre Ayew, went to the bench for a new armband after Gyan had walked off the pitch without handing over the captain’s armband, which fueled a perceived rift between the duo over who leads the team.

Nevertheless, the former Al Khartoum trainer says there is nothing wrong with the duo during his post-match interview.

“There is so much unity between Asamoah Gyan and Dede Ayew when I was the head coach years back.What happened is that the captain armband had been customized with Gyan’s picture on it so we are all aware of it. In case he’s being changed, we cannot give it to Dede.”

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