Kwesi Appiah didn’t have me in his plans for AFCON 2019 – Asamoah Gyan

first_imgFormer Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan believes that head coach of the side, Kwesi Appiah did not have him in his plans for the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.Gyan, who came off the bench against Cameroon and Tunisia, believes that this might have accounted for the lack of minutes at the competition.He said he accepted the coach’s decision not to start him but suggested that not using him off the bench a lot more was unfortunate.“I feel I wasn’t in Kwesi Appiah’s plans for the AFCON. With my 17 years of experience, I could tell.“If I’m not a starter, I accept it, that’s the coach’s decision but at least…,” he told Accra-based station, Joy FM, tailing off at the end.Gyan did not play in the Black Stars group opener against Benin but came off the bench in the 76th minute against Cameroon in the next game.He then remained on the bench for the game against Guinea Bissau, a match the Stars won 2-0.Against Tunisia in the Round of 16, Gyan came on in the 84th minute, with Ghana down by a goal and played a role in the own goal scored by the North Africans.He then played the full duration of extra time but did not take a penalty in the shootout as Ghana went out.The player is convinced that he could have made a big difference to the Stars’ performance at the tournament had he been a regular in the team.He feels that he was unable to make a significant impact for the Black Stars due to his limited gametime at the AFCON.“I think I could have made a difference if I had played more but that’s the coach’s decision,” Gyan addedGyan was particularly peeved by being left on the bench for the Black Stars’ match with Guinea-Bissau even when the Stars were 2-0 up.When Gyan was asked whether he believes Kwesi Appiah should remain as coach, he responded that the decision was not in his hands.“Those who employed me are the ones who’ll have to make that decision. They see the facts, they see what’s going on. The fans will also have their opinions but they will make the decision. Kwesi Appiah is a human being and he makes mistakes.”He, however, stated that he was still willing to play for the Black Stars under “any coach”, including Appiah, should he be called into the team.“Maybe he’s changed his decision. If I’m called, I’m available for the Black Stars”last_img read more

Secretary of State planning another absentee ballot request form mailing

first_imgDES MOINES — Late this afternoon, the state’s top election official will ask the Iowa Legislative Council for permission to mail absentee ballot request forms to every active Iowa voter.Secretary of State Paul Pate mailed the forms to voters before the June Primary, encouraging Iowans to vote-from-home during the pandemic rather than risk their health standing in line at a polling place. There was record participation in the primary and about 80 percent voted early.Ten days later, the Republican-led legislature voted to force Pate to seek approval from the Legislative Council if he planned a similar mailing in the future. Pate, in a document for the Council’s meeting today, said he’d use federal “Help America Vote” money to cover the cost of the mailing.Some county auditors have said they intend to mail absentee ballot request forms, with some of the information on the form filled in for the voter. Pate is asking the Legislative Council to prevent auditors from doing that and require only blank forms be mailed from county auditors to voters. A new state law about how county auditors may confirm and correct information on the forms they receive is being challenged in court.last_img read more