Ghana’s all time leading goal scorer- Asamoah Gyan has announced his retirement from Ghana’s senior national football team barely a month to the 2019 Africa cup of nations in Egypt.
The Kayserispor forward made the decision to step down from the national on his Twitter page on Monday with wide spread speculation the 34 year old skipper is disadtisfied over captaincy issues within the team.
He was expected to lead the Black Stars to Africa’s most glorified football event in June and his absence will be a huge blow to James Kwesi Appiah and the rest of the squad as they seek to lift the trophy after failed attempts in 2010 and 2015.
Asamoah Gyan has scored 51 goals in 106 appearances since his national team debut in 2003 and is Ghana’s all time record goal scorer.
He represented Ghana at the 2006 , 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cups and scored 6 goals, to become Africa top African goalscorer in the history of the World Cup.
Gyan has also represented Ghana at the 2004 Summer Olympics and in seven Africa Cup of Nations (2006,2008 , 2010 , 2012 , 2013 , 2015 and 2017 ). He helped Ghana finish third-place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.
Ghana will face Benin, title holders Cameroon and Guinea Bissau in Group F in Egypt.