Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has revealed how he turned down the possibility to affix Manchester Metropolis to signify the Black Stars.
- Gyan defined how his love for Ghana noticed him reject Metropolis
- The striker opted for Afcon 2008 Black Stars as a substitute
- The 37-year-old nonetheless needs to proceed enjoying soccer
WHAT HAPPENED? Gyan mentioned Metropolis approached him in 2008 simply earlier than that 12 months’s African Cup of Nations, which Ghana hosted, however insisted he might solely be part of after the event, which the Premier League membership refused.
This was shortly after Sheik Mansour purchased Metropolis from former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra earlier than remodeling them into the worldwide footballing pressure they’re right this moment.
Nonetheless, Gyan was undeterred by the massive cash provide that got here when he was enjoying for French membership Rennes and opted to signify his nation on the continental event the place the Black Stars completed third.
WHAT DID HE SAY? “I at all times say I am very patriotic,” Gyan advised Dan Kwaku Yeboah on YouTube. “At the moment Sheikh Mansour had simply purchased Man Metropolis they usually wished to signal me.”
“However I had my coronary heart set on the nationwide workforce. I selected the nationwide workforce over every thing else. That is why some issues damage me. Folks did not perceive. However I am positive after this interview they will perceive why issues went the best way they did.
BIGGER PICTURE: Nonetheless, the 2008 event didn’t go to plan for Gyan, who alongside together with his brother Baffour determined to give up the Black Stars following criticism for his or her unconvincing efficiency following Ghana’s 1-0 win over Namibia.
They had been mentioned to have packed their luggage and had been prepared to depart the workforce resort, however had been persuaded to remain by their teammates.
Gyan later grew to become a mainstay within the Black Stars workforce, making 109 appearances and scoring 51 objectives to change into the nation’s prime goalscorer.
Popularly often called Child Jet, he’s additionally the highest scorer on the African World Cup with six objectives, though he has had some painful moments with Ghana, lacking essential penalties within the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, in addition to the 2012 Afcon semi-finals.
WHAT NEXT? Gyan additionally revealed that he has not retired from soccer and, having obtained his teaching badges final 12 months, it isn’t identified whether or not he’ll return to the sphere or the dugout.