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ASAMOAH GYAN – AN AFRICAN LEGEND

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Ghana’s captain Asamoah Gyan has become the first Ghanaian player to achieve this feat and the fifth player in Africa aside Godfrey Chitalu, Hossam Hassan, Samuel Oto’o and Didier Drogba.

Asamoah Gyan added another monumental feat to his illustrious career when he scored his 50th international goal for Ghana as the Black Stars thumped Ethiopia 5-0 at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium on Sunday.

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The 31-year-old, made his debut against Somalia in 2003 at same venue when he came on for Isaac Boakye in the 2006 World Cup qualifier, three days before he turned 18 years; helping Ghana to win that game, and making him the youngest ever player to score for Ghana. He scored four times in seven matches during that successful World Cup qualifying campaign.Gyan scored with a penalty in the 85th minute of Ghana’s first match of the 2010 World Cup against Serbia in a 1–0 win.

The new African legend headed a tailor-measured cross by the 10th minute, as it took a slight deflection off an Ethiopian defender in the game that marked his milestone of Centenary of goals for his country.

He also scored the fastest goal of the tournament after 68 seconds. The strike was also Ghana’s first ever goal in the FIFA World Cup, coming in the game against the Czech Republic on 17 June at the Rhein Energie Stadion in Cologne in Cologne Germany , which set the Black Stars on their way to a 2–0 victory. He missed a penalty later in the game, and received a yellow card ruling him out of the final group game for trying to take the penalty too early. In Ghana’s defeat to Brazil in the round of 16, he was sent off in the 81st minute after collecting his second booking of the match (for diving).

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It took Asamoah Gyan 587 days (84 weeks, equivalent to 19 months) to score a goal for Ghana since his brace vs Mauritius on June 14, 2015.

Godfrey Chitalu is the highest scoring African in international football with 79 goals for Zambia

Kinna Phiri of Malawi 71 goals in international football

Hossam Hassam of Egypt with 68 goals

Drogba, with 65 goals is the fourth African with more goals in international football which is followed by Samuel Eto’o Fils who scored 54 goals in national team football.

With both players having retired from international football Gyan has the chance to beat their record and come fourth in the all-time ranking and aim at beatin Hossam, Phiri and Chitalalu who have also retired.

The former Liberty Professionals marksman in 2014 became African greatest scorer in FIFA World Cup when he scored his sixth (6) goal against Portugal to surpass   Roger Milla’s five (5) goal tally.

Gyan claimed the UAE Pro League Top Scorer Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014, the AFC Champions League Top Scorer as well as the AFC Foreign Player of the Year in 2014 during his first UAE stint.

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Asamoah won the BBC African footballer of the year in 2010 after his remarkable performance at the 2010 African Cup that saw Ghana placing second to Egypt and also loosing to Uruguay in the quarter final of the FIFA World Cup in the same year.

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Gyan’s Ghana goals: The complete record:

1) 16th November 2003 (World Cup qualifier) Ghana 5-0 Somalia

2)  25 June 2004 (Friendly) Mozambique 0-1 Ghana

3)  3 July 2004 (World Cup qualifier) Uganda 1-1 Ghana

4) 3 March 2005 (Friendly) Kenya 2-2 Ghana

5) 27 March 2005 (World Cup qualifier) DR Congo 1-1 Ghana

6)  8 October 2005 (World Cup qualifier) Cape Verde 0-4 Ghana

7 & 8) 14 November 2005 (Friendly) Saudi Arabia 1-3 Ghana

9)  4 June 2006 (Friendly) South Korea 1-3 Ghana

10)  17 June 2006 (World Cup) Czech Republic 0-2 Ghana

11 & 12) 8 October 2006 (Friendly) South Korea 1-3 Ghana

13)  21 August 2007 (Friendly) Senegal 1-1 Ghana

14)  20 January 2008 (Afcon) Ghana 2-1 Guinea

15 & 16) 9 September 2009 (Friendly) Japan 4-3 Ghana

17) 15 January 2010 (Afcon) Ivory Coast 3-1 Ghana

18) 24 January 2010 (Afcon) Angola 0-1 Ghana

19) 28 January 2010 (Afcon) Nigeria 0-1 Ghana

20) 1 June 2010 (Friendly) Netherlands 4-1 Ghana

21) 13 June 2010 (World Cup) Serbia 0-1 Ghana

22) 19 June 2010 (World Cup) Australia 1-1 Ghana

23) 26 June 2010 (World Cup) United States 1-2 Ghana

24) 29 March 2011 (Friendly) England 1-1 Ghana

25) 7 June 2011 (Friendly) South Korea 2-1 Ghana

26) 2 September 2011 (Afcon qualifier) Swaziland 0-2 Ghana

27) 8 October 2011 (Afcon qualifier) Sudan 0-2 Ghana

28) 28 January 2012 (Afcon) Mali 0-2 Ghana

29) 10 January 2013 (Friendly) Egypt 0-3 Ghana

30) 13 January 2013 (Friendly) Tunisia 2-4 Ghana

31) 28 January 2013 (Friendly) Niger 0-3 Ghana

32) 24 March 2013 (World Cup qualifier) Ghana 4-0 Sudan

33 & 34) 7 June 2013 (World Cup qualifier) Sudan 1-3 Ghana

35) 16 June 2013 (World Cup qualifier) Lesotho 0-2 Ghana

36 & 37) 14 August 2013 (Friendly) Turkey 2-2 Ghana

38 & 39) 15 October 2013 (World Cup qualifier) Ghana 6-1 Egypt

40) 9 June, 2014 (Friendly) Ghana 4-0 South Korea

41) 21 June, 2014 (World Cup) Germany 2-2 Ghana

42) 26th June, 2014 (World Cup) Ghana1-2 Portugal

43) 10th September 2014 (Afcon qualifier) Togo 2-3

44) 11 October 2014(Afcon qualifier) Guinea 1-1 Ghana

45) 15 October 2014(Afcon qualifier) Ghana 3-1 Guinea

46) 23 January 2015 (Afcon) Algeria 0-1 Ghana

47 & 48) 14 June 2015 (Afcon qualifier) Ghana 7-1 Mauritius

49) 21 January 2017 (Afcon) Ghana 1-0 Mali

50) 11 June 2017 (Afcon qualifiers) Ghana 5-0 Ethiopia

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Asamoah GyanDate of Birth:Nov 22, 1985 (Age 31)

Place of Birth:Accra

Nationality:Ghana

Height:186 cm.

Weight:77 Kg.

Position:Forward

Squad Number:3

Club : Al Ahli

 

 

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