/Soccer: Ghana striker Gyan calls time on international career

Soccer: Ghana striker Gyan calls time on international career

FILE PHOTO: Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan (L) celebrates scoring a goal with teammate John Boye during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match against Portugal at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

(Reuters) – Ghana’s all-time leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan announced his international retirement on Monday, a month before the start of the African Nations Cup.

The news follows shortly after he was removed as the national team’s captain.

Striker Gyan has not featured for the side since September 2017 after persistent injury problems and has also battled for game-time with his Turkish club Kayserispor.

“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 player while I am named in the team (squad) of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” Gyan said in a statement.

“I also wish to retire from the national team permanently,” he said.

The 33-year-old netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances, both Ghana national team records, which includes scoring at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.

Gyan’s six World Cup goals is the most by an African player.

Reporting By Nick Said, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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