President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaian footballer Asamoah Gyan to rescind his decision to retire from international football.
The former Sunderland striker on Monday announced that he is calling time on his international career because the coach, Kwesi Appiah, informed him that he will strip him off the Black Star captaincy in the upcoming 2019 Afcon in Egypt.
“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,” he stated.
But 24 hours after the shocking announcement, President Akufo-Addo has asked the 33-year-old to reconsider his decision.
In a statement released by the president’s aide this evening, Akufo-Addo called the player on the phone and asked him to change his decision to quit the national team.
“President Akufo-Addo, subsequently, also spoke on the telephone with Asamoah Gyan, and informed him of the considerable national disquiet over his decision to retire from the Black Stars. The President urged him, in the national interest, to rescind his decision to retire from the Black Stars, and make himself available for selection by Coach Kwasi Appiah,” the statement read.
With 102 appearances, Asamoah Gyan is the most capped Ghanaian footballer of all time. He is also the all-time highest goalscorer with 51 goals.