Asamoah Gyan has announced his international retirement from the Ghana National football team and will not be part of the Black Stars squad bound for Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 in Egypt.
After 16 years of representing Ghana, the Kayserispor forward who is Ghana's most capped player and top scorer of all time, chose to drop out of the squad upon consultation with his family and team.
"I cannot pretend to be happy, I would rather hurt myself emotionally and psychologically, over the years I have served with an open heart and have given my all to the best of my ability in my quest to serving our great nation Ghana," Gyan wrote in an emotional statement posted on Twitter.
The 33-year-old was gutted by head coach Kwesi Appiah's decision to strip him of captaincy and his limited role in the team.
Appiah was set to name his 30 man provisional squad for on Tuesday, May 21, and Gyan said that although he would have been part of the squad he was not going to be Ghana's skipper.
"Upon consultation with my family and team, and as an active footballer and captain of the National team, if the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another players while I am named in the team for the tournament.
''I wish to recuse myself from the tournament. I also wish ti retire from the national team permanently; not pretending my presence would not fuel the purported undermining the country the has seen under my captaincy.
Gyan made his first appearance for Ghana at 17 years of age and has made over 100 appearances and scored 51 goals.
''I have represented the proud colours of our country in 10 major tournaments from the Olympics, World Cups, and in African Nations Cup with different coaches. In all, I would say that last years have been the proudest in my career as a captain.''
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