The President of Ghana, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has made a compassionate appeal to Asamoah Gyan to reconsider his decision to retire from international football.
The appeal by the first gentleman of the land comes a day after the captain of the Black Stars through a statement announced his retirement.
According to a post sighted on the Facebook timeline of the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Mr. Eugene Arhin, the president took the decision to intervene following the misgivings that greeted the retirement of the talisman.
“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”. The post read.
Asamoah Gyan announced his retirement from international football yesterday over a decision by the coach to stripe him off of the captaincy of the Black Stars.
The 33-year-old striker’s made the announcement less than 24 hours to the release of Ghana’s provisional squad by the head coach of the Black Stars, James Akwasi Appiah for AFCON 2019.
Gyan has scored 51 goals in 106 appearances and he is the country’s all-time goal scorer in a career that spans over a decade for the country.