Former Ghana forward Prince Tagoe has shared his thoughts on the bad blood between former Black Stars player Asamoah Gyan and some Asante Kotoko fans.
Gyan was unfairly treated by Asante Kotoko fans during Saturday’s Ghana Premier League match between the club and the striker’s Legon Cities side.
The 35-year-old former Sunderland and Udinese legend was booed by the fans in the 75th-minute in the clash between Legon Cities and Asante Kotoko at the Accra Sports Stadium.
That game had ended 1-0 in favor of Kotoko, with the goal from Emmanuel Gyamfi in the 13th minute being enough.
“I think what happened to Gyan tells us the kind of country we are leaving in. Ghanaians fancy the downfall of people instead of lifting them,” former TSH Hoffenheim frontman Tagoe, who played together with Gyan at the 2010 World Cup, told Angel TV.
“I didn’t expect such a thing to happen, what happened was disgusting because he is here to help raise the standard of the Ghana Premier League. His presence in the league is a plus because the young ones are learning a lot from him”.
“We have a lot of players who are willing to return to the GPL but what is preventing them from coming, it is because of something like this.”
While the reason why Gyan was booed stays unclear some have attributed it to Gyan’s last-minute decision to swerve Kotoko to sign for Legon Cities instead on his return to the GPL last October, while others also believe the act was to make the striker uncomfortable to protect Kotoko’s lead.
“Gyan has not taken money from anyone [for which he should be booed for joining a different club],” Tagoe added.
“Although he had an intention to play for Kotoko but if one reason or the other he is unable to join them, it doesn’t mean they should boo him because it might be that Kotoko were unable to meet his demands.
“I think it is unnecessary because Gyan has made his name in the game so we should be proud of what we have. I will not be surprised if Asamoah quits the GPL. I think it was a childish act from the fans.”
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer and the most capped player, scoring 51 goals in 109 appearances.