Ghanaian football legend Asamoah Gyan announced on Monday he is retiring from international football with immediate effect.
Gyan, who is his country’s all-time top scorer, made the shocking announcement a day before the coach unveils the squad for the 2019 African Cup of Nations, hosted by Egypt.
The 33-year-old in a statement said he made the decision because the coach stripped him off the Black Stars captaincy and asked him to serve in different capacity.
“Upon consultation with my family and the 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 for the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament. I also wish to retire from the national team permanently,” his statement read.