Ghana’s all-time leading scorer, Asamoah Gyan on Wednesday rescinded his decision to retire from the national team.
He announced on Monday his decision to quit the black stars barley a month to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The striker had said he will not be available for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Egypt.
His earlier decision according to local media was due to the decision by the coach to replace him as captain during the AFCON.
Ghana’s President, Nana Akufo Addo however urged the football star, Asamoah Gyan not to retire from the national team.
He also spoke to the player asking him to make himself available for selection.
The statement from the presidency said the president “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.”
On Wednesday the player issued a statement saying “I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy”.
A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded.
I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith, and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah to help win the AFCON trophy @AnimSammy @PrinxRandy @BaffourGyan4 pic.twitter.com/WSlHZrjWrd
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) May 22, 2019
Gyan made his international debut at the age of 17. He scored on his senior International debut for Ghana against Somalia on 19 November 2003.
Since then, he has gone on to make 106 appearances for the Black Stars scoring a total of 51 goals
As the all-time leading goal-scorer of the Ghana national team, he represented Ghana at 2006, 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup competitions.
With 6 goals, he is the top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.
Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics. He played in seven Africa Cup of Nations in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2017. He helped Ghana finish in third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.