Former assistant coach of the Ghana Black Starlets, Opeele Boateng has quizzed the decision of the Charles Akonnor to appoint Thomas Partey and Richard Ofori as deputies to Black Stars skipper Andre Ayew.
This was after the Ghana football association confirmed the decision of the former ghana international and now the head coach of ghana to appoint the pair to deputise Andre Ayew.
Speaking to Ghanaweb following the announcement, Opeele maintained that he respected the decision of the stars head coach though he looks forward to hearing his reasons behind the decision.
“Usually it’s the coach who chooses who he wants to work with. Though we have this standard practice of selecting a player who has been there for long the coach can also decide to choose someone else. When Kwasi Appiah came, he opted for Gyan because that’s who he wanted. The coach decides who he wants to be the leader of his team on the field”, Opeele Boateng is quoted by Ghanaweb.
According to him, Wakaso and Jordan should rather be considered for such roles due to how long they have stayed in the team.
“You can’t dispute that Ofori and Partey are good deputies to Andre Ayew. Maybe we could have Wakaso and Jordan Ayew but like I said it’s a decision by the coach. I think Partey comes in because of his experience and he has also captained the Black Stars before. He was captain when Dede wasn’t around. So, putting Partey in as Dede’s deputy is the coach’s decision”
“Not naming Wakaso is an issue but I can’t talk about why he was not picked. A lot of things could go inside. A lot of things could be the reason why the coach decided not to choose Wakaso. The coach has decided and no one can criticize or dispute it, we just have to ask the reasons why Wakaso was not picked”, the former Asante Kotoko coach added.
There has been long standing controversies surrounding Ghana’s captaincy with the recent fallout leading to all-time Ghana top scorer Asamoah Gyan retiring from the international football ahead of the last AFCON appearances.
It needed the intervention of Ghana president Nana Akuffo Addo to convinced the forward to rescind his decision after the captaincy was stripped in favor of Swansea City forward Andre Ayew.