Ghana’s all-time leading scorer Asamoah Gyan has announced his retirement from the Black Stars with 32 days to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The captain of Ghana’s national team, the Black Stars, has announced his retirement from international football.
In a statement posted to his official Twitter page, Asamoah Gyan said “I wish to recuse myself from the [AFCON] tournament]. I also wish to retire from the national team permanently; not pretending my presence would not fuel the purported undermining the country has seen under my captaincy.”
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The 33-year-old who was in line to lead the Black Stars at the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament which is set to begin in July in what many had speculated would be his last major competition with the squad.
In a press release signed by the Soccer Maestro, the Captain of the Black Stars expressed this gratitude to all who supported his term as a captain of the national team of siGhtin the likes of President Akuffo Addo, Former President Jerry John Rawlings, Former President John Dramani Mahama and LAte President Professor John Atta Mills.
The striker has scored three goals in his last two games for Kayserispor, his current side in Turkey.
However, in the statement, the player also recused himself from the consideration for selection ahead of the tournament suggesting that although he would be in the squad for the AFCON, he would have been stripped of the captaincy.