Posted On Thursday, 18th April 2013
Augustine Arhinful wants Ghana coach Akwasi Appiah to strongly reconsider Asamoah Gyan’s position in the Black Stars.
The ex Ghana international is concerned over the apparent dip in form of the Ghana captain since joining Al Ain in the UAE.
Gyan is on the brink of clinching a second successive Premiership title with The Boss.
His bid to retain the Golden Shoe award he won in his debut season in the UAE top flight also remains intact with him leading the scorer’s chart.
Many have however raised concerns over the dipping form of Ghana’s lead striker.
Those concerned believe the former Sunderland hitman is increasingly lacking the cutting edge with the level of football in the UAE cited as the main reason.
Arhinful who has urged Gyan to make a quick return to Europe in order to rediscover his top form is now also asking Akwasi Appiah to reanalyze his captain’s contribution in the Black Stars especially after what many believe was his below par performance at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
“It is a personal decision (to move to Al Ain) to take and the national team coach knows that where Asamoah Gyan is playing for now is not good for the team,” he told Melody FM.
“For him (Gyan) personally and also for the team (Black Stars) collectively. I don’t think the coach can force him or advice him to move if he wants to be there.
“But it will be up to us if we think that his form is enough to invite him for the national team and that will come from the coach or the FA (Ghana FA).
“But we all know the Asamoah about two years ago at Sunderland is not the same Asamoah we know now.
“I don’t do the selections for the national team and therefore it is up to the coach to decide whether to drop him or not.
“For now maybe they are satisfied with him but for those of us who observe football from afar we know that he can do more if he is back in mainland Europe.”