Former Ghana Under-20 star Ransford Osei has revealed the circumstances surrounding the presentation of the captain’s ribbon to Andre Dede Ayew during the 2009 CAF U-20 Championship in Rwanda.
Ransford Osei Reveals How He Was Stripped Of Ghana U-20 Captaincy For Andre Dede Ayew
Osei, who managed to captain the team in the first qualifying match against Angola, was asked to relinquish his captaincy after the match when news broke that Andre Dede Ayew would be joining the team . The crucial moment came before the second match against Gambia.
“I was captain of the first qualifying match against Angola. So before the second match against Gambia, I was in the camp and I was told that the captain was coming, so I had to put the armband back on. captain. And I asked which captain?….”They said Dede Ayew was joining and would be captain. I said ‘Oh, okay’ and gave it without saying anything,” revealed Osei.
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Assistant manager Orlando Willington gave the decision to Osei, who immediately complied without hesitation. Dede Ayew took over as captain and the Ghana U-20 team won the U-20 AFCON, securing their qualification for the U-20 World Cup.
Despite the change in management, Ransford Osei’s excellent performances on the pitch earned him the Most Valuable Player award with seven goals during the tournament.
The team continued their success by winning the U-20 World Cup hosted by Egypt, cementing Ghana’s position as the only African country to host the prestigious youth football tournament.
Osei, whose career has since suffered, revealed behind-the-scenes moments at recent exhibitions.
Former U-20 and black star player reveals how management took off the captain badge from him to be given to Dede Ayew during the U-20 World Cup. pic.twitter.com/EPFGq4RbsA
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