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Asamoah Gyan Returns To Black Stars

Asamoah Gyan

Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, has rescinded his decision to recuse himself from the senior national team, Black Stars, making him available for selection by the coach, Kwasi Appiah.

Gyan’s decision to come back into the Stars’ team follows President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s intervention to have him return to the team ahead of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.

The 33-year-old Gyan, who is the nation’s all time highest goal scorer with 51 goals, released a statement on May 20 announcing his retirement from national duty after he was told by coach Appiah of his decision to strip him off the team’s captaincy at the continental competition.

However, Gyan in another statement on Wednesday, May 22, said he was ready to play at the AFCON upon the President’s request.

”A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded. I have had the opportunity to speak with the father of the nation, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who though respecting my wishes as spelt in my letter of 20th May, 2019, asked me to rescind my decision to retire permanently from the Black Stars.

”I have taken the request of his His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by Coach Kwasi Appiah.

”My desire to help Ghana end the over three-decade long wait to annex the AFCON trophy still burns strong, and I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana,” the statement said.

At 33, Gyan’s participation at the AFCON could become his final appearance at the continental showpiece in which he first participated in 2008. He is Ghana’s leading all-time Nations Cup goal scorer with eight goals from six tournaments, a record he shares with teammate Andre Ayew.

But it is however unclear whether his decision to return to the team could see him lead the Stars at the competition.


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