Ghanaian football icon Asamoah Gyan, whose missed penalty in the 2010 World Cup cost his country its place in history as the first African nation to reach the semi-finals, is retiring at the age of 37.
Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals called time on a career spanning over two decades at a press conference in Accra.
“I want to take this great opportunity, a stage that is difficult in every footballer’s career, a moment all footballers do not wish, but when nature dawns, that thin voice will keep echoing into the ears,” Gyan tweeted on Tuesday.
“It is time… that voice has been clear in my ears, and I have succumbed to it, it is time. It is time to hang up the jersey and boots in glory as I officially retire from active football.”
— ASAMOAH GYAN (@ASAMOAH_GYAN3) June 20, 2023
The former Ghana captain competed in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, as well as seven Africa Cup of Nations competitions, reaching the finals twice.
He was a key member of Ghana’s World Cup quarter-final squad in 2010, missing a penalty in the final minute of extra time against Uruguay after Luis Suarez was sent off for handling a goal-bound shot.
Ironically, Gyan converted his penalty in the shoot-out which Ghana lost 4-2.
“Baby Jet”, as he has been affectionately named, played for several European clubs including Sunderland in the Premier League, Udinese in Serie A as well as Rennes in Ligue 1.
Gyan is expected to remain in football as a television pundit, promoter and ambassador.
According to the Ghanaian Footballer, he intends to use his experience, knowledge in the field of coaching, football business and scouting to encourage and promote young talents.