2019 Africa Cup of Nations: Not playing Asamoah Gyan was a mistake – Former GFA chief


Former Hearts of Oak board member, Dr Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has argued that Coach Kwesi Appiah’s decision to keep Asamoah Gyan on the bench during Ghana’s games at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament contributed to Ghana’s exit from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

According to him, the Kayserispor striker remains one of Ghana’s trusted and most experienced arrowheads, making it highly unacceptable to start him from the bench.

He further insisted that Black Stars’ exit from the 2019 tournament could be attributed to poor technical decisions by the coach.

Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said the failure to start the General Captain in the game against Tunisia also contributed significantly to Ghana’s defeat because Gyan’s introduction later on changed the game and exerted pressure on the Carthage Eagles.

“Despite the fact that Gyan was not the captain, he (Coach Appiah) needed an arrowhead like Gyan in the game,” the former Ghana FAchief told GraphicSports

“It wasn’t until he brought on Asamoah Gyan that saw some changes in the game,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe recalled and slammed the Stars coach for the poor decision.

“The coach would confess that not bringing Asamoah was part of his downfall”, the Medical Doctor noted. The former GFA boss also recalled the various controversies that ensued prior to the departure of the team to the tournament, insisting that they contributed to Ghana’s poor performance.

“Right from the beginning when the captaincy was given to Andre Ayew was the beginning of our problem. That decision was a big mistake which affected the team’s performance,” Dr Nyaho-Tamakoe said.