Ghanaian footballer, Asamoah Gyan, who made headline news yesterday with his announcement on Twitter that he is retiring from international football, has withdrawn the decision.
According to him, his decision to continue playing for Ghana was made after a lengthy chat with Ghana president, Nana Akufo-Addo .
The 33-year-old had announced his retirement from international football over a decision to strip him of captainship in the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt next month and given to his colleague Andre Ayew.
However, following his chat with the president, it was agreed that he will be the General Captain, while Andre Ayewwill be named as team captain according to sources.
Director of Communication at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, confirmed the telephone conversation between Gyan and the President in a post on Facebook. He wrote:
“The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, this afternoon, held a meeting with the Minister for Youth and Sports, the President of the GFA Normalisation Committee, and the Chair of the Management Committee of the Senior National Football Team, the Black Stars.
The meeting, a continuation of the regular meetings the President holds with them, discussed, amongst others, the preparations being made towards AFCON 2019, and how to end Ghana’s AFCON trophy drought.
President Akufo-Addo, subsequently, also spoke on the telephone with Asamoah Gyan, and informed him of the considerable national disquiet over his decision to retire from the Black Stars.
The President urged him, in the national interest, to rescind his decision to retire from the Black Stars, and make himself available for selection by Coach Kwasi Appiah”.
Asamoah also confirmed it in a statement. See below