Asamoah Gyan retires from international football. This was contained in a press statement posted on his twitter handle today. This has come as a surprise to many who were expecting him to play for Ghana in Egypt in June.
However, it was rumoured that the Coach of the Ghana Black Stars Akwesi Appiah had dropped the captain of the team from his squad for the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
In the press statement released by the player, he said, he cannot pretend to be happy and that, he was likely to hurt himself emotionally and psychologically. According to him, he gave his all in all for Ghana football in his quest to serve Ghana.
He also touched on how he represented the nation in its colours in all football competitions which include ten (10) major competition.
He made mention of the Olympic Games, the world cup, the AFCON tournaments as some of the times he honourably represented Ghana.
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) May 20, 2019
He added that, when the going was tough in Brazil, he stood behind his cough and gave him his fullest support. He called for the need to respect the decisions of the coach at all times. According to Asamoah Gyan in his press release, the team has gone through tough times and technical team members of the current black stars who were former places would better understand the issues.
According to the rumour coming in now, the decision to retire was as a result of an alleged dispute involving Andre Ayew and the captain armband ahead of AFCON2019 KickOff.
However, the Ghana all-time record scorer Gyan Asamoah said he reached the decision after consulting with his family, team members. He ended by saying, he has resigned from international football.
Ghanaian football lovers will forever miss the goal poacher for Ghana and his electrifying goals at the world cup that made Ghana light up the hopes of Africa when the nation reached its first world cup in 2010 however, the missed penalty against Uruguay would forever remind Ghanaians how close they came to the first semifinal berth for an Africa team that was not to be.
Below is the full press statement.
Asamoah Gyan just like Stephen Appiah has retired from the Ghana Black Stars as a player who has served Ghana and should be celebrated and respected for the decision. Whoever takes over the position as the captain must be ready to lead the black stars to a good performance at the AFCON in June 2019. It looks like Dede but Appiah can be full of surprises.
Currently, Gyan, 33 years born on November 22, 1985, plays for Kayserispor