Gyan still has Black Stars ambition

Gyan still has Black Stars ambition
Asamoah Gyan of Ghana

by Staff Reporter

Monday Dec 09, 2019. 18:00

Asamoah Gyan says he has not retired from international football and has not ruled out playing for Ghana at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

Gyan, 34, is regarded as one of the leading African strikers of his generation and is currently playing for NorthEast United FC in the Indian Super League, where he has three goals in six appearances this season.

“When the time comes and I am available, why not? I am available for Ghana right now,” he told the Hindustan Times.

Gyan caused controversy when he retired, and then reversed his decision, before the 2019 Cup of Nations finals in Egypt after he was stripped of the national team captaincy following an injury-laden 18 months.

He is still hopeful he can add to the 51 goals in 109 caps, as he admits he is still haunted by his penalty miss in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal against Uruguay that denied the Black Stars a historic semi-final place.

“Every day. It haunts me every day. I will never forget this. It has become part of my life. Till Ghana qualifies for the semi-finals because we had a chance and I blazed away,” says Gyan.

“Even when I stop playing, it will haunt me. Even when I am seeing football on TV and there is a penalty in a normal league game, it just pops into my mind.

“It is like, ‘I don’t want to see a penalty in football because it connects my mind to 2010’. What is keeping me going is that I am strong mentally.”

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