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“Since I Have Not Hanged My Boots I think I Have To Earn A Call-up To The National Team” – Asamoah Gyan

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“Since I Have Not Hanged My Boots I think I Have To Earn A Call-up To The National Team” – Asamoah Gyan

Ghana legendary striker Asamoah Gyan has ruled himself out of a place in Black Stars for this year’s World Cup in Qatar, claiming he isn’t physically fit for it.

There have been calls from some football fans and connoisseurs that the proven striker must be considered for the Mundial after Ghana sealing a spot two weeks ago.

Speaking to Peace FM in Accra, the 36-year-old insisted he must earn a call-up to the national team on merit and not based on history or previous achievements.

“Since I’ve not hanged my boots from football I think I have to earn a call-up to the national team. If I have a club and performing at the highest level then why not?” Gyan said.

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“I have to earn it and not because I’m the highest top scorer for the Black Stars so I can just wake up and join camp. No, it doesn’t work like that.

“Yes, I heard the story of Roger Milla when I was very young but most importantly I have to be physically fit because I’m naturally gifted and can offer a lot on the pitch.

“But physically I’m not ready. I don’t think I’m fit enough to merit an invitation to the national team. I have to be in my right shape to earn it.”

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Gyan is the all-time top scorer of the Ghana national team having scored 51 goals in 109 appearances since making his debut in 2003 through to his last game in 2019.

The former Ghana captain is Africa’s top scoring player in the history of the World Cup with 6 goals after featuring in three different World Cup tournaments – 2006 in Germany, 2010 in South Africa and 2014 in Brazil.

Gyan signed for local club Legon Cities FC last season but injuries coupled with other factors prevented him from making a mark in the Ghana Premier League.

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The former Sunderland, Udinese and Stade Rennes star is presently unattached after leaving Cities at the end of the 2020-21 season.

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Ex-GFA Boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi Reacts To Dede Ayew’s ‘Senior’ Players Comment

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Ex-GFA Boss, Kwesi Nyantakyi Reacts To Dede Ayew’s ‘Senior’ Players Comment

Former Ghana Football Association president, Kwesi Nyantakyi, has stated that Black Stars captain Dede Ayew only expressed his opinion on senior players being selected for Ghana’s final World Cup squad.

According to Nyantakyi, who makes the squad is a decision made by the head coach, and Dede Ayew’s opinion has no bearing on that.

Nyantakyi explained to Kings TV that Ayew’s comment was not definitive because he used the word “may.”

“The coach has the final decision. What Dede Ayew said was just his opinion and it doesn’t mean that is what the coach will do. Because he(Dede) is not a coach. Even with what he said, he used ‘may’,” he said.

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” He(Dede) said the senior players ‘may’ be able to earn the coach’s selection. But it doesn’t mean it is automatic because there have been instances where senior players were dropped for younger players, while younger players have also been dropped for senior players. So, it all depends on the strategy of the coach. We don’t select players based on age or experience only, but the player’s performance in totality, that is what the coach will consider,” he added.

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Dede Ayew, in a previous interview with the Daily Graphic, stated that the current senior players in the squad may have an advantage when it comes to selection into the team for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Dede Ayew said that selection into the team is based solely on merit and that no one is guaranteed a place in the team.

“The newcomers are talented, but we already have a strong team that qualified for the World Cup, so every position is competitive. Apart from senior players who may have an advantage, I believe no one is guaranteed a place in the squad just yet”.

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Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Big Blow As Popular Black Stars Player Retires From Football Ahead of World Cup

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Big Blow As Popular Black Stars Player Retires From Football Ahead of World Cup

Former Black Stars regular, Kwadwo Asamoah who once played for Juventus has finally retired from playing football.

The midfielder who could also play as a left-wing-back is hanging his boots after playing at the top level for more than a decade.After a meeting with his agent Pastorello following the decision to retire, Kwadwo Asamoah took to social media to post, “Amazing time. Always a pleasure working with you Federico Pastorello.”
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The football agent in a post of his own wished the Ghanaian the best of luck in his next adventure as a football agent.

“Always the same amazing boy Kwadwo Asamoah!!! Good luck

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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Ajax Want To Qualify From The Group Stage – Mohammed Kudus

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Ajax Want To Qualify From The Group Stage – Mohammed Kudus

Ajax midfielder, Mohammed Kudus, says the target for his side is to make it past the group stage of the UEFA Champions League this season.

Ajax started the 2022/23 season well, beating Rangers with a 3-0 scoreline in their opening game before losing to Liverpool in the second game.

The Eredivisie side current sits second in the group with three points, three behind Napoli who are top of the group after wins in their opening two games.

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But Kudus, who has scored in both games so far in the competition believes despite a good start, Ajax need to do more and qualify from Group A.

“We are not done yet, it’s a long way to go,” he told Ajax’s media team.

“Most importantly is about getting the three points and getting out of the group stage, so that is the team’s goal and when that happens, the individual stuff will come naturally so the target is to get out of the group stage for now.”

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With two goals in two games, the 22-year-old will look to continue that run when Ajax play host to Napoli in Tuesday’s fixture.

According to him, the Champions League is one of two competitions that every kid dreams to be involved in.

“Champions League and World Cup I think are the two biggest competitions we all dreamed about playing so it’s a dream come true but also having an impact and then trying to help the team,” he added.

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“I had a good start but I have more to show as well.”

Source: www.GhanaCNN.com

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