Asamoah Gyan has admitted he regrets playing for the Black Stars at the AFCON 2008 hosted in Ghana.
According to Gyan, who is Ghana’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals, he was injured prior to the tournament but because of the love has for the country he risked himself to partake in the competition yet still Ghanaians did not appreciate his sacrifice.
“I regret playing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations because I was injured but I felt I needed to sacrificed but yet I was criticized,” the former Ghana captain said in an interview with GTV Sports+
The striker further revealed how partaking in the tournament cost him a move to Premier League club Manchester City.
“I really regret playing in the tournament, because even after that I had to go out for five months, I was supposed to sign for Manchester City but I missed. That has been one of my biggest regrets with the National team.”
The former Black Stars captain announce a pre-mature retirement from the National team during the competition but had to rescind that decision.
Gyan only scored once at the said tournament with the goal coming from the penalty spot against Guinea. Meanwhile, the four-time African champions missed out on an opportunity to win the AFCON on home soil losing to Cameroon in the Semi-finals.
Also, Asamoah Gyan, 34, has charged the media to desist from causing division in the camp of the Black Stars.
In his view, some media men are on the payroll of some players, therefore, they always want to destroy other players and cause unnecessary tension in camp.
“There are some media men in Ghana who are on the payroll of some players. So they always want to destroy other players in the players they support.”
“I have a thick skin to deal with these things, but what about the other players?” he quizzed.