Gyan Postpones Int’l Retirement, Available For Ghana’s AFCON 2019 Selection

Gyan Postpones Int’l Retirement, Available For Ghana’s AFCON 2019 Selection

Ghana’s all-time leading scorer and most-capped player Asamoah Gyan has rescinded his decision to quit the Blacks Stars following a request from the country’s president.

Gyan announced on Monday he had withdrawn himself from consideration for Black Stars duty ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, which starts on June 21, over a disagreement with Black Stars coach James Kwesi Appiah relating to his captaincy of the team.

However, the 33-year-old went back on his decision just two days later after holding talks with Ghana president Nana Akufo-Addo.

Ghana will face Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in Group F when they look to claim their first AFCON title since 1982.

“A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded,” Gyan said in a statement.

“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 May 20, has asked me to rescind my decision to retire permanently from the Black Stars.

“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 Kwesi 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.”

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  • Ndubuisi 2 years ago

    Old man go and rest pls or do you want to cry again. Ghana is not among the favorites you know.

  • Obidee 2 years ago

    If na Naija who cares even our President will send u good bye msg by SMS as we get alots talents.. Ghana na small country as I can understand their President… Haha

  • Mr Hush 2 years ago

    Asamoah Gyan (Aka “Baby Jet”)..
    Nana finally begged you back..
    Great,the Motherland always go down this road before every major  tournament; especially with players clash with the gaffer ,Kwesi Appiah..
    Last time,it was Muntari and Boateng..

    I do understand why the Ghanaian public has to press on the president to talk to you to rescind your retirement ; the black stars are really short of quality upfront.
    Yes. Ghana has always been one team that plays with their heart on their sleeve.they are always compact; relying more on team spirit rather than individual but I think it is clear to the team and public,it would be hard to win the Afcon without Gyan.
    Not because Gyan still got it; just for the simple reason ,that every one in the attacking line hasn’t lived up to expectations.
    Duncan is now injured.so out.
    Jordan Ayew isn’t up to it.
    Boateng isn’t it.
    Same as the other K. Boateng ,who is out.
    The only one you can really count upfront ( apart from Gyan),is  DeDe Ayew.

    So I think the president is trying to save the day by bring Asamoah back.or it would be difficult for Ghana to win the Afcon.

  • Pompei 2 years ago

    Very good. The next step now is to bring Abedi Pele out of retirement. The man can still run, and he can still play. Even if it is to come in as a sub for 30 mins in every game……hehehehe, I just have to laugh jare! Ghana may be short on talents, but there are still young ones out there who can do the job! If they continue to call Baby Jet, when and how will the young ones get opportunity to grow? Anyway, that is their problem. Wetin Ghana dey chop will never give us food poisoning.