Euronews is no longer accessible on Internet Explorer. This browser is not updated by Microsoft and does not support the last technical evolutions. We encourage you to use another browser, such as Edge, Safari, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

BREAKING NEWS

BREAKING NEWS

Ghana striker Gyan calls time on international career

Ghana striker Gyan calls time on international career
FILE PHOTO: Ghana's Asamoah Gyan celebrates his goal against Portugal during their 2014 World Cup Group G soccer match at the Brasilia national stadium in Brasilia June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Silva -
Copyright
Jorge Silva(Reuters)
Text size Aa Aa

(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)

euronews provides breaking news articles from reuters as a service to its readers, but does not edit the articles it publishes. Articles appear on euronews.com for a limited time.