Sunday, 19 November 2017
Gyan told to quit Black Stars

Gyan told to quit Black Stars

• To prolong club career
By Daniel ODURO
Finder Sports can exclusively reveal that Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has been told by his family and close friends to quit the national team in order to prolong his club career.

This advice comes on the back of the recurrent injuries that have afflicted the 32 year old in recent times.
The former Sunderland striker has not been able to play in Ghana’s last two competitive games against the Cranes of Uganda in Kampala, and against the Pharaohs of Egypt at the Cape Coast stadium.
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time record goal scorer with 51 goals to his credit but his influence in the current squad appears to be fading by the day as he struggles to maintain his fitness levels at crucial moments.
In the last few weeks and months, Gyan has had to come out to say he would retire at the right time with calls growing that he should exit the stage when the applauds is loudest.

Speaking on Kumasi-based Angel FM, Gyan said: “No human being can force me into retirement because those who are calling for my retirement are not God. The decision on when to retire will be mine to make. Like every athlete, a time will come when I will tell myself that I have had enough. There’s time for everything and I more than anyone know that my time in the Black Stars will end someday.”

Pressure has been mounting on Black Stars head coach Kwesi Appiah to stop inviting ‘old’ players into the team and rather give opportunities to younger and hungrier players in the wake of Ghana’s poor 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

The Black Stars missed out on their first World Cup since 2006 and Kwesi Appiah is literally building a new team capable of qualifying to and winning the 2019 Cup of Nations to be played in Cameroon.
Gyan, who made his debut for the Black Stars, has been Ghana’s most reliable striker for over a decade now but a combination of injuries and age means he is not as sharp as he was once was.

The 32-year-old says he doesn’t mind starting from the bench and sharing his knowledge and experience with the younger ones who are coming through the ranks.
Gyan has played in three World Cups and has also played every Nations Cup since 2008.

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