Ghana Captain Gyan Backtracks On Retirement After Presidential Plea

 

Ghana national team captain Asamoah Gyan on Wednesday reversed his decision to retire from international football, just weeks before the Africa Cup of Nations.

The striker said Monday he was quitting the national team after he was angered by coach Kwasi Appiah’s plan to strip him of the captaincy for next month’s finals in Egypt.

But President Nana Akufo-Addo intervened on Tuesday by telephoning the Turkey-based player, urging him to make himself available for selection.

Gyan in a statement said he has accepted the president’s request and was ready for the tournament.

“A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded… I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah,” the 33-year-old forward said in a statement.

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“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,” he added.

The tournament, expanded to 24 teams for the first time, kicks off on June 21.

The Black Stars are in Group F with defending champions Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

Gyan made his international debut at the age of 17 against Somalia in 2003.

He is Ghana’s all-time leading goalscorer with 51 goals in 106 appearances for the national team.

He has also featured at three World Cups, in 2006, 2010 and 2014.

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Ghana Captain Gyan Retires Ahead Of Africa Cup Of Nations

(file photo) Al-Ahli’s Asamoah Gyan kicks the ball during the AFC Champions League group stage football match between UAE’s Al-Ahli and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Taawun on March 13, 2017, at the Al-Rashid Stadium in Dubai. STRINGER / AFP

 

Ghana national team captain on Monday announced his retirement from international football just weeks before the Africa Nations Cup.

Gyan said his decision had been taken as a way to protest a plan by coach Kwesi Appiah to deny him the opportunity of captaining the Black Stars in next month’s Africa Nations Cup in Egypt.

“Upon consultation with my family and team… if the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team for the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” the 33-year-old player said in a statement.

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“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently,” added the Kayserispor striker.

Gyan is retiring just ahead of the Africa Nations Cup which kicks off on June 21.

The Black Stars are in Group F with Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau.

Gyan made his international debut at the age of 17 against Somalia in 2003.

He is Ghana’s all-time goal scorer in the national team with 51 goals in his 106 appearances.

He has also featured in three World Cups — 2006, 2010 and 2014.

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Cameroon, Burkina Faso Through To AFCON Semis

Cameroon, Burkina Faso Through To AFCON SemisCameroon’s Indomitable Lions have booked their place in the semifinals of the African Nations Cup at the expense of Senegal via penalties after an exhausting encounter in Franceville.

No goal was scored in normal time despite both sides creating good scoring opportunities. The situation was the same in extra time.

However, Cameroon emerged winners in the shootout which ended 5-4  in their favour.

Senegal’s Liverpool star man, Sadio Mane was the only player to miss his spot kick as the Cameroonian keeper guessed the ball would be sent through the middle.

Burkina Faso earlier booked a place in the semifinal of the ongoing African Nations Cup (AFCON) finals with a 2-0 victory over Tunisia in Libreville on Saturday.AFCON: Burkina Faso Beat Tunisia 2-0 To Reach Semi-Final

It had been a frustrating one for both teams for most part of the match until the introduction of former Chippa United forward, Aristide Bance late in the game.

Bance turned out to be the game changer in the 80th minute when he drilled home a free-kick, low and hard into the bottom corner.

Minutes later, it was 2-0 and wrapped up for Burkina Faso.

Tunisia had a corner cleared and Nakoulma raced clear with only the Tunisia keeper, Aymen Mathlouthi to beat at the halfway line. The Burkina Faso forward rounded him and sent the ball into an empty net.

Meanwhile, Ghana have been boosted by news that injured captain Asamoah Gyan’s time at the 2017 AFCON may not have been over.

Gyan was taken off during the Black Stars’ 1-0 defeat to Egypt after 41 minutes on Wednesday following what was initially reported as a groin injury.

His withdrawal, coupled with post-match comments by Coach Avram Grant that “it is not looking good” for the striker, prompted concerns that Gyan’s tournament might be over.

But the football association have confirmed their skipper is back at the team’s camp in Oyem as they get set for a quarter-final meeting with DR Congo on Sunday.

Ghana Faces Ivory Coast In AFCON Final, Crowd Trouble Mars Semi Final

ghanaGhana would be facing Ivory Coast in the final of the 2015 African Cup of Nations after securing a 3-0 win over hosts Equatorial Guinea.

However, crowd trouble marred the end of the semi-final duel in Malabo, as the match was suspended in the closing stages.

With the match in the final 10 minutes, their fans were forced to leave the stands and take refuge behind one of the goals after being pelted with objects from rival supporters.

Bottles could be seen scattered across the running track which surrounded the pitch.

The referee stopped the match and the players were left waiting in the middle of the pitch to find out if the match would restart, with the Equatorial Guinea players pleading with their fans to calm down.

Many of the fans left the stadium as the suspension dragged on.

The game restarted and Ghana sealed a place in the final against Ivory Coast after a penalty from Jordan Ayew and a Wakaso Mubarak strike at the end of the first half and a tap-in from Andre Ayew in the second.

The Ghana supporters appeared to be escorted by police through the tunnel, with reports of Equatorial Guinea supporters waiting for them outside the stadium.

Equatorial Guinea only stepped in to host the tournament after Morocco pulled out due to the Ebola epidemic.

Having never qualified for a World Cup, their only previous African Nations Cup campaign was in 2012 when they reached the quarter-finals.

Ghana have not won the Nations Cup since 1982, despite making the final four in the last four tournaments. They were losing semifinalists in 2008, 2012 and 2013, they were defeated in the 2010 final by Egypt.

ASAMOAH GYAN: Ghana Can Take On Anyone

asamoahAfter reaching the quarter -final of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan said his team is not afraid of any other.

Ghana pulled through after defeating South Africa 2-1 and will meet the Group D runners-up in the quarter-finals on Sunday evening.

Confident of his team’s performance, Gyan said “with this team we can take on anyone in this competition.”

The Algeria coach Christian Gourcuff said: “It was not easy to get out of this group,” as the team qualified as Group C runners-up.

Gyan scored Ghana’s late winner in their second game against Algeria which ultimately helped them finish top of the table on head-to-head record.

“I have played at five cups of nations, but this group was the hardest,” he added.

“We were very strong mentally, even after conceding the first goal. We kept believing and fought to the end knowing that we could win.”

Ghana manager Avram Grant said: “We deserve it because South Africa were not better than us.

Grant also said “We have finished first in the group of death, which is not bad.  After losing the first match we showed great attitude in the second and continued along the same lines today , we started the match very well with two or three good chances. We had the match in our hands. I am very happy that the players showed, just as in their last match, a good spirit and good attitude.”

 

Ghana’s Andre Ayew Out Of Togo Clash

Andre AyewAndre Ayew will miss Wednesday’s CAF Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Togo, the Ghana Football Federation said on Monday.

According to FIFA.com, the Marseille midfielder was injured in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Uganda and is expected to be out for two weeks.

However, Ghana could welcome back Asamoah Gyan, who missed the Uganda match through injury.

Ghana are top of Group E with one game remaining as all four sides can still qualify for the finals in Equatorial Guinea.

The four teams are separated by just two points with Uganda and Guinea trailing Ghana by a point and Togo bottom, another point further back.

Presenting new UAE goal king; Asamoah Gyan

channels_television_asamoah_gyanHis UAE club Al Ain walloped Baniyas 3-0 as he scored a brace in the game on Friday,  he is now the top scorer of the UAE league, we present to you one of the best players in the world of football presently making Africa proud,  Asamoah Gyan.

Asamoah Gyan has so far scored 15 goals in the league making him the top scorer of the league although he was yellow carded over a squabble with Mohammed Jaber who plays for Baniyas as he couldn’t hide his nervousness and frustration which he said was necessary as it is part of the game of football.

Gyan was simply unstoppable in the game which took place at the Tahoon Bin Mohammed Stadium as Al Ain got ahead with his goal before recess and another some minutes after recess and the sealer for Al Ain which was also from his control of a long ball on the bounce and swerving an opponent to score in the 84th minute.

Gyan who is presently on loan from English club Sunderland said he has his striking partner Yasser Al Qahtani to thank as he has made his success at the club possible as he hailed the Saudi striker.

Al Ain is in contention for the title a 10th time and as it is according the coach they are on their way to clinching the title thanks to Ghanaian Asamoah Gyan.