Ghanaians Didn’t Appreciate Me For All My Efforts – Asamoah Gyan

Former Black Stars striker Asamoah Gyan is adamant that Ghanaians did not appreciate him well enough for the sacrifices and effort he put in for the nation.

He has cited Ghanaians for their ingratitude because he sacrificed his club career to play for the senior men’s national team but they still vilified him.

Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan who holds the record as Africa’s most prolific scorer at the FIFA Men’s World Cup revealed that in spite of the personal sacrifices he made to play for the Black Stars, Ghanaians turned on him in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations which was co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria.

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Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 119 games said that he could have secured a move to Manchester City had it not been for national team duties.

In his bid not to miss what was to be his first Africa Nations Cup championship, he turned down a move to the English Premier League side., a decision which led Manchester City to sign Togolese striker Emmanuel Seye Adebayor.

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He revealed that his manager advised him to treat his injury and sign for Manchester City but he refuse his advice because he wanted to feature in his first AFCON after missing the 2006 edition.

Asamoah Gyan told Dan Kweku Yeboah that he sacrificed himself and left behind a big money move just to play for Ghana but Ghanaians were not impressed and he is pained by it.

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Gyan would go on to play at six other AFCON tournaments after his debut in the 2008 edition