Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has been spotted training after revealing his desire to make a sensational comeback for the Black Stars ahead of the 2022 World Cup.
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The legendary striker was captured training at Ajax Park in Legon, hoping to get back into shape before the tournament begins on November 20.
Gyan, who has scored 51 goals for Ghana, said he is bidding to make a shock return to the international fold as he eyes a spot in Ghana’s World Cup squad.
Gyan has been sidelined, with his last appearance for the Black Stars coming three years ago. The Sunderland man was a substitute in a 2019 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 clash against Tunisia.
He has since not been invited with his club career in recent years making it very difficult to consider him for selection.
Gyan last played a competitive game in May 2021, representing Legon Cities against WAFA in a Ghana Premier League. Months later, he terminated his contract with the Accra-based club and is still looking for a new one.
The former Al Ain man hasn’t been active for 16 months, leading many to believe that he has retired. But in an interview with BBC, Gyan dispelled claims of retirement, suggesting he has unfinished business, especially with Black Stars.
“Anything can happen. You know it’s happened before. I’m talking about Cameroon in 1994 with Roger Milla you know coming back from retirement to play in the World Cup. I haven’t retired yet. I haven’t announced my retirement. You know I’ve been out for almost two years now due to injuries, due to my body,” he told BBC.
“I just need to get my body back in shape. So I’ve started training of course so I need to get back in shape and see how my body reacts to playing competitive football. Talent-wise, I reckon it’s there already so I just have to prepare physically and then we’ll see what happens.”
“Honestly, I haven’t spoken to anybody at all. It’s part of the plan. I just want to make sure and see how my body reacts first. Me and my manager, we’ve been talking behind the scenes, you know and everything so we just have to make sure, we know what we are doing. Everything is in progress, and everything looks positive. We’ll see what happens. There might be a surprise.”
Six of Gyan’s 51 goals have come in the World Cup, making him the continent’s leading scorer in the competition.