Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan has retired from international football a month before the start of the Africa Cup of Nations, BBC reports.
His decision comes as he was replaced as Ghana captain, with Andre Ayew likely to be given the role in Egypt.
“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,” Gyan said in a statement.
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“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently.”
Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.
The 33-year-old netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances, both Ghana national team records, which includes scoring at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.
He are some of the views on Twitter:
Asamoah Gyan served Ghana wholeheartedly.
He deserves some accolades.
Statistics do not lie!!
— n.a (@thenanaaba) May 20, 2019
Word from Asamoah Gyan’s camp is that they are angry that Kwesi Appiah took the decision based on a prophecy that Gyan cannot lead Ghana to AFCON win.
That decision irks me to the core, IF TRUE
— Thierry Nyann (@nyannthierry) May 21, 2019
This story of Asamoah Gyan. What's the real story? I don't think you should just quit for losing the captaincy.
Vincent Kompany and Thiago Silva lost captaincy to Hazard and Neymar and they continued playing.
— Eric Njiru (@Erik_Njiru) May 21, 2019
In Ghana. once you call a person out for what's gone wrong, you HATE him or you an ENEMY.
But in any other country, Asamoah Gyan wouldn't have been captain of the Black Stars after the biggest act of indiscipline and disorder by a group of players he led.
— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) May 21, 2019
I don't understand the Asamoah Gyan issue.
Stephen Appiah was in the team when John Mensah was made the captain
John Mensah was with the team when Asamoah Gyan was made the captain
That's been the trend. Or, I'm wrong…
— Kwisatz Haderach (@freduagyeman) May 21, 2019
Someone please tell Asamoah Gyan he can't retire just like that o
He should go and score that penalty he missed against Uruguay before he can retire @SaddickAdams @OtiAdjei
— Seyram❤️ (@Seyram_10) May 21, 2019