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Asamoah Gyan reverses decision to retire from international football

Asamoah Gyan reverses decision to retire from international football

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forward has reversed his decision to retire from international football just a day after announcing his retirement.

On Monday, the Ghanian legendary striker has announced he has officially retired from international football after being informed by Ghana manager Kwesi Appiah that he is stripped of the national team captaincy.

The decision came as a shock to the Ghanian football community, espcially as it was announced just weeks ahead of the , which will take place in Egypt.

However, after holding talks with Ghana’s president Nana Akufo-Addo, Gyan has gone back on his decision, and made himself available for selection for the upcoming AFCON.

“A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded,” Gyan said in a statement.

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“I have had the opportunity to speak with the father of the nation, the president of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who, though respecting my wishes as spelt in my letter of May 20, has asked me to rescind my decision to retire permanently from the Black Stars.

“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 Kwesi Appiah.

“My desire to help Ghana end the over-three-decade long wait to annex the AFCON trophy still burns strong, and I remain committed to serving this great nation and the people of Ghana,” he added.

The 33-year-old striker is the Black Stars’ all-time leading scorer with 51 goals after earning 106 caps for his country. He has also represented them in three World Cups as well as six AFCONs.

The Black Stars were drawn with Cameroon, Benin and Guinea-Bissau in AFCON’s Group F and will look to win their first AFCON title since 1982.

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