Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has called on the carpet ex-Ghana international Kevin-Prince Boateng, saying the midfielder was a traitor and a betrayer of trust following the latter’s scathing remarks on the Black Stars after a disappointing outing at the just concluded Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
Ghana finished fourth, but Boateng, who quit after making just 9 caps for the Stars, felt the outcome for Ghana was a disaster, and said the Ghana people deserved better than they got.
“Unbelievable how a team, coach, fans and country with such great value can finish an AFCON in such a way,” Boateng wrote on his Twitter handle on Saturday.
“I hope now we will see all those big changes we all hope for because Ghana and all the people of Ghana deserve better.”
The 31-year-old Al Ahly striker insists the Las Palmas midfielder, who never represented Ghana at the Nations Cup, did not make as much sacrifice as other Ghana players for the team during his playing days at the international level.
In the wake of Ghana’s elimination at the semi-finals of the Nations Cup and their eventual loss to Burkina Faso in the third-place play-off, Boateng had gone to the social media to discard the performance of the team, posting ‘Ghana deserves better’.
However, his comments arounsed the wrath of the former Sunderland striker and captain of the team Gyan who responded by saying that while the public and the media are at liberty to castigate the team, former players as well as players who represented Ghana in the tournament should weigh their support for the Black Stars.
Gyan said that the team and Ghana deserved some level of patriotism from the folks who had been part of the team in the past, but insisted that a player who did not make himself available for Ghana when it needed it most could not stand behind the fence and thrown stones at the glass house.
“He has betrayed his own colleagues with that tweet,” Gyan told a local radio station.
“He might be right. I was expecting someone outside the team to come out with these comments and not Kevin-Prince Boateng.
“Ghana deserves better, Fine we the players know that Ghana deserves better.
“From what I have seen, Kevin Prince Boateng has never sacrificed for this Ghana national team.
“I leave this comment for journalist to talk about.
“I respect Kevin Prince Boateng so much for the kind of player he is, but that comment he made surprises and amazes me. I was not expecting that from him.” Gyan concluded.
Boateng retired from international football after making a World Cup appearance for Ghana in 2010 but reversed his decision few months later after leveraging on the outing to earn a huge contract with Italian giants AC Milan.
He reversed his decision in June 2013 after missing the 2012 and 2013 Africa Cup of Nations to play again at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.