Ghana’s all-time record goalscorer Asamoah Gyan has reversed his retirement decisions from international football after a talk forward with the president Nana Akufo-Addo which has prompted the Kayserispor striker to change his mind.
The 33-year-old, who has scored 51 goals in 106 international matches, said on Monday he had quit “permanently” after being replaced as captain a thing that did not fall well into the years of many all across Africa leave alone in his country Ghana.
“Ghana are back in front…a goal of individual brilliance from @ASAMOAH_GYAN3”
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— Rudolph Mensah✍🏾 (@MensahRudolph) May 20, 2019
According to reports, Ghana’s all-time top-scorer has retired following a captaincy row involving Andrew Ayew.
On his part, Gyan, 33, has issued a statement claiming his decision is based on trying to prevent further upheaval ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt next month.
“A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded,” he said.
“I have taken the request in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah.”
Ghana is expected to name their provisional squad anytime this week for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, with Andre Ayew likely to be captain which will be staged in Egypt from 21st June to July 19.
Gyan has not featured for the national side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also struggled for game-time at Kayserispor.
He said his desire to help Ghana win Afcon “still burns strong” and he remains “committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana”.
Gyan has scored at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.