Ghanaian footballer Asamoah Gyan has revealed that many players leave the senior national team, the Black Stars with pain.
Gyan, who has not had the best of times with the Black Stars in recent times, believes that the country forces these players to retire from international football prematurely.
The 34-year-old announced his retirement from the Black Stars ahead of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, however, he rescinded his decision after President Nana Akufo Addo spoke to him to reconsider his decision.
“If we look at things, people leave the national team with pain,” Gyan said on Adom TV.
“There are a lot of players, I can testify. I don’t want to mention names but for me, I am just there.”
The former Sunderland striker is the all-time leading goalscorer for the Black Stars, with 51 goals.
On his future with the national team, Gyan said he would still avail himself and it would be up to the country’s football association to honour him with a farewell or not.
“I will do my job till the time I am done. I can decide with my team that I will play a testimonial game. GFA can decide that they will do something for me (play a game or something). It will depend on them. Secondly, it will depend on me on how I want to go about it. For now, I am still in the game but as time goes on, ideas will come.” He said.
He has represented Ghana at three FIFA World Cup tournaments and eight Afcon tournaments, helping them finish runners-up in 2010 and 2015 respectively.
He is Africa’s top goalscorer in the history of the World Cup with six goals.
By Football Ghana