Tanko clarifies report on Stars captaincy

Former assistant coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, Ibrahim Tanko has refuted reports claiming he is advocating for the Black Stars captaincy to be given to Andre Ayew, insisting he only made reference to the 2017 AFCON.

There have been growing reports in the media that the captaincy of the Black Stars must be given to Ayew as Gyan battles to be fit.

According to the former Black Stars forward, he only advised that since Ayew is the deputy captain of the Black Stars, it should not be a problem for the Ghana FA and head coach Avram Grant to choose a captain should Gyan fail to appear in Gabon next year.

Speaking to Ghanasoccernet.com, Ibrahim Tanko said: “I never said Ayew should be made the captain. I only made reference to the 2017 AFCON.”

“I was asked about the choice of captain should Gyan fail to appear at the 2017 AFCON and I said Ayew is the next option since he is the deputy.

“I said if Gyan’s persistent injuries are unable to let him play for Ghana in Gabon next year, then he should remain as the general captain while Ayew takes over the responsibility as captain for the team at the AFCON,” he added.

The former Dortmund striker also cautioned the media to desist from linking him to controversial and negative reports.

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