“I would’ve made a huge meticulous impact if I had played frequent games at AFCON 2019” – Asamoah Gyan.


I would have made an instant impact if I was given much playing time at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, according to Black Stars general captain, Asamoah Gyan.

The 33-year-old believes that he was unable to make a significant impact for the Black Stars due to his limited game time at the AFCON.

Despite being the nation’s all-time leading scorer, the player was used sparingly, featuring just twice from the bench against Cameroon and Tunisia.

“I think I could have made a difference if I had played more but that’s the coach’s decision,” he told Accra-based station, Joy FM.

Gyan was particularly peeved by being left on the bench for the Black Stars’ match with Guinea-Bissau even when the Stars were 2-0 up.

The player believes that he wasn’t in head coach, Kwesi Appiah’s plans for the AFCON which might have accounted for the lack of minutes.

“I feel I wasn’t in Kwesi Appiah’s plans for the AFCON. With my 17 years of experience, I could tell.

“If I’m not a starter, I accept it, that’s the coach’s decision but at least…,” he said, trailing off at the end.