Ghanaian footballer, Asamoah Gyan quits international football ahead of 2019 AFCON over captaincy row

Ghanaian footballer and former captain of Black Stars of Ghana,  Asamoah Gyan, has announced his retirement from international football just weeks to the start of the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Ghanaian footballer, Asamoah Gyan quits international football ahead of 2019 AFCON over captaincy row

His decision comes as he was replaced as Ghana captain, with Andre Ayew likely to be given the role in Egypt.

The 33-year-old who plays as a striker for Turkish club Kayserispor issued a statement on Twitter through hisAsamoah Gyan Foundation.

Part of his statement read: “As an active footballer yet to retire, I have been in the team since 2003 and have played with some members of the technical team who were my seniors. Through such periods, they were no times substantive captians were part of a team in a tournament and had to surrender their captaincy to other players and served in different capacities.

“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently.”

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Gyan who has been with the Black Stars for 16 years netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances.

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