Ghanaian and Black Stars all time top scorer Gyan Asamoah has been named in Ghana’s 29 provisional squad hours after announcing retirement from the national team.
His announcement came after being dropped as Ghana national team captain by head coach Kwesi Appiah who instead opted for Andre Ayew as the new team Skipper ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations due to take place in Egypt.
The 34 year old’s decision to retire shocked the nation but he has now announced that he is making himself available for squad selection following the Ghanaian President’s request.
“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 Kwasi Appiah to help win the the AFCON trophy” Samoah Gyan revealed.
Gyan has played 105 games for the Bkack Stars having had his debut in 2003, he has featured for Ghana at 3 World Cup finals, 2006, 2010 and 2014 scoring a total of 51 goals for the Black Stars
Ghana is in group F of the AFCON 2019 finals with Benin, Guinea Bissau and Cameroon.
The Black Stars’ opening game of the tournament will be on the 25th of June against Benin at the Ismalia Stadium.
Ghana last won the AFCON title in 1982 beating Libya 7-6 on penalties following a one all draw in normal time.
THE FULL GHANA 29 PROVISIONAL SQUAD
Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa, Lawrence Ati- Zigi (Sochaux, Montbeliard, France), and Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).
John Boye (Metz, France), Andy Yiadom (Reading, England), Abdul Baba Rahman (Reims, France), Lumor Agbenyenu (Goztepe A.S, Turkey), Kassim Nuhu, (Hoffeinham, Germany,) Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew SC, USA), Joseph Aidoo (Genk, Belguim), Nuhu Musa (St Gallen, Switzerland), Joseph Attamah (Basaksehir, Turkey), and Mohammed Alhassan (Hearts of Oak, Ghana)
Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Kwadwo Asamoah (Internazionle, Italy), Ebenezer Ofori (New York FC, USA), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Andre Ayew ( Fenerbache, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Samuel Owusu (Cukaricki, Serbia), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Yaw Yeboah (Numancia, Spain), Abdul Fatawu (Asante Kotoko, Ghana).
Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Jordan Ayew (Crystal Palace, England), Abdul Majeed Waris ( Nantes, France), Caleb Ekuban (Trabzonspor, Turkey) and Kwabena Owusu (Leganes, Spain).