President Nana Akufo-Addo has beckoned on the former skipper of the Black Stars, Asamoah Gyan to rescind his decision to quit the team and permanently retire from playing for the senior national soccer team.
Gyan who announced his decision to retire on Monday in a press statement suggesting that his decision was premised on a decision by the coach to deprive him of the captaincy.
“Upon consultations 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 of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament,” Gyan said in his statement
But President Akufo-Addo keen interest on helping the team succeed has subsequently made him speak with Asamoah Gyan, and informed him of the considerable national disquiet over his decision to retire from the Black Stars,” the spokesman for the Ghana President, Eugene Arhin wrote in a statement on Tuesday night.
“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.”
Gyan retired just ahead of the Africa Nations Cup which kicks off on June 21.
The Black Stars are in Group F with Cameroon, Benin, and Guinea-Bissau.
Gyan made his international debut at the age of 17 against Somalia in 2003.
He is Ghana’s all-time goal scorer in the national team with 51 goals in his 106 appearances.
He has also featured in three World Cups — 2006, 2010 and 2014.