Ghana football legend, Asamoah Gyan, 36, has told the BBC he is ready to play for his country at this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Gyan who is Ghana’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals in 105 games and Africa’s all-time leading scorer at the World Cup with 6 goals last not been playing actively for 2 years now.
The former Sunderland striker compared his situation to that of Cameroon’s Roger Mila whose inclusion and performance at the 1990 World Cup surprised football fans when he was 42 years old.
“Anything can happen. It happened with Cameroon in 1994 with Roger Milla coming back from retirement to play at the World. I have been out for almost two years but I have not retired yet. I’ve been out due to injuries and shut down in my body but I just need to get my body back in shape. I’ve just started training and must see how my body will respond to competitive football. Talent wise everything is there already so I just have to prepare physically,” he said.
He admitted that he has not spoken to the coach of the Black Stars, Otto who he played with at the 2006 World Cup but he is hoping to talk to him soon.
“Honestly, I haven’t spoken to anybody at all. It’s part of the plan. I just want to make sure and see how my body reacts first. Me and my manager, we’ve been talking behind the scenes, you know and everything so we just have to make sure, we know what we are doing. Everything is in progress, and everything looks positive. We’ll see what happens. There might be a surprise.”
Gyan last played for Legon Cities in the Ghana Premier League, however, he could not play more than eight games due to his fitness.