In what was the first international Black Stars football match since Coach Akwasi Appiah’s return, Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has generated some controversy for wearing a customized captain’s arm armband.
The AFCON 2019 Group F qualifier saw the Black Stars beating Ethiopia 5 – 0 with Asamoah Gyan scoring his 50th goal for the Black Stars.
However, the victory has been overshadowed by the personalized armband Gyan wore. The band was designed in red, gold and green colors of Ghana and Asamoah Gyan’s photo on it.
A controversy over his failure to hand over the captain’s armband came about in the second-half when coach Kwasi Appiah replaced him with Abdul Majeed Waris at the Baba Yara Stadium.
Many viewers of the match commented on social media that Gyan walked off the pitch without handing over the captain’s armband to deputy skipper Andre Ayew – adding fuel to a perceived rift between the duo over who leads the team.
Ayew received a different captain’s armband from an official of the Black Stars for the remainder of the game.
FIFA’s Equipment Regulations on captain’s armbands states that: “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, except for the word “captain” or an abbreviation or translation thereof”.
FIFA rules on captain’s armband
It is unclear if Gyan and the Ghana Football Association will face any sanctions or whether he had prior approval from FIFA to use a customised armband.
See more photographs of Gyan’s customized armband courtesy Images Image below;
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