Reports in Ghana are claiming that the country’s most capped player Asamoah Gyan, has rescinded his decision to retire from the national team, less than 24 hours after he had made the abrupt call to hung up his boots.
The former Sunderland FC striker’s decision to go back on his earlier stance comes after the country’s president Nana Akufo- Addo had a lengthy chat with him on phone.
Gyan shocked many when he abruptly decided to retire from the national team after head coach Kwesi Appiah decided to go with Andre Ayew as the team’s captain ahead of this year’s Nations Cup to be held in Egypt in less than a month’s time.
“If the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team (squad) of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament. I also wish to retire from the national team permanently,” Gyan said in a statement released on Monday.
Reports in the West African nation are now claiming that Gyan, 34, has heeded the president’s call and will return to the team as the overall “general captain”.
Gyan is his country’s all time leading scorer with 51 goals in 106 appearances and has represented his country at six AFCON tournaments as well as three FIFA World Cup finals.
40 year wait
Akufo-Ado also held a meeting with the country’s minister of sports, president of the FA as well as a few members of Black Stars’ management committee to try and come up with a solution towards ending the country’s almost 40 year wait for a Nations Cup.
Ghana, who were in the same qualifying group for this year’s AFCON finals together with Kenya, have not been crowned the continent’s best since their 1982 triumph.
Below is a post shared on Facebook by Eugene Arhin, head of communications at the president’s office, which confirms Akufo-Addo’s call to Gyan.
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, this afternoon, held a meeting with the Minister for Youth and Sports, the President of the GFA Normalisation Committee, and the Chair of the Management Committee of the Senior National Football Team, the Black Stars.
The meeting, a continuation of the regular meetings the President holds with them, discussed, amongst others, the preparations being made towards AFCON 2019, and how to end Ghana’s AFCON trophy drought.
President Akufo-Addo, subsequently, also spoke on the telephone with Asamoah Gyan, and informed him of the considerable national disquiet over his decision to retire from the Black Stars.
The President urged him, in the national interest, to rescind his decision to retire from the Black Stars, and make himself available for selection by Coach Kwasi Appiah”.