So the other day, the former captain of Black stars of Ghana had Asamoah Gyan stated his retiring from the national team of Ghana and this is happening a month to the African Cup of Nations.
Asamoah Gyan who is Ghanaian all-time leading goal-scorer said he’s excusing himself from the tournament, as well as retiring from the national team, after he was replaced as Ghana’s captain.
He stated; “I cannot pretend to be happy…. 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,” “I would continue to serve the country Ghana in other endeavours as a businessman through various investments,”.
See it all below;
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) May 20, 2019
His retirement got the attention of the President of Ghana, Nana Addo and a statement by the Director of Communications Eugene Arhin was released. He said;
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”.
President Akufo-Addo was on Tuesday, May 21 forced to reach out to the technical team of the Black Stars, the Management Committee, and the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association as well as the Asamoah Gyan’s camp to get an understanding of the circumstances that led to the Gyan’s retirement from the national team.
This has made us to ask what would happen to the black stars team if he really leaves?? Although from the statement above he is considering on returning back to the team.