Ghana's top scorer ponders retirement for being benched in AFCON 2019

Ghana's top scorer ponders retirement for being benched in AFCON 2019

Ghana's all time top scorer Asamoah Gyan is set to retire from international football following the Black Stars elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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The Black Stars could not end Ghana’s 37-year AFCON drought following their round of 16 defeat to Tunisia and lost 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 on Monday, July 8.

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Ghana's all time top scorer considers retirement after AFCON 2019 elimination

The Black Stars could not end Ghana’s 37-year AFCON drought following their round of 16 defeat to Tunisia and lost 5-4 on penalties after the game ended 1-1 on Monday, July 8.
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"I could call this tournament, my last having represented Ghana at this level for seven times," Gyan told GNA Sports
"Though I have not yet taken a concrete decision yet, I am still considering it, because we have young ones in the team that need to be given the chance to blossom in the national colours," he said.

Meanwhile, Ghana Football Association's ex-president, Nyaho Tamakloe believes head coach Kwesi Appiah's decision to bench Asamoah Gyan contributed to Black Stars' abrupt exit.

Gyan had earlier kicked up a storm after announcing his retirement before AFCON.

The former Sunderland player was livid after Appiah stripped him of captaincy and handed the armband to Andre Ayew, after seven years of Gyan being skipper.

However, calm was restored after Ghana President Akufo-Addo intervened and convinced the 33-year-old to rescind his decision.

Gyan played the role of general captain of the team off the pitch, owing to his vast experience and his unmatched achievements for Black Stars.

He did not get much of a chance to shine for Ghana in Egypt and spent most of his time bench warming.

The four time Africa champions will have to wait a little longer to end their AFCON title drought and may have to do it without their all time top scorer.

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