A phone call from Ghana president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was enough to convince star striker Asamoah Gyan to go back on his decision to retire from national duty, less than a day after hanging up his boots.
The ex-Sunderland frontman issued out a fiery statement on Monday revealing his decision to end his international career after being stripped of captaincy by coach Kwasi Appiah.
However, his importance to the Black Stars’ cause was recognised by even the highest office in the West African country, with the president dropping him a line to ask him to avail himself.
He issued out another statement on Tuesday, saying he had now gone back on his original decision, thanks to the phone call from Akufo-Addo.
“A presidential request is one that cannot be disregarded.
“I have had the opportunity to speak to the father of the nation, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, who, though respecting my wishes as spelt in my letter of 20th May, has asked me to rescind my decision to retire permanently from the Black Stars.
“I have taken the request of His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in good faith and will make myself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah.”
The communication between the two was confirmed by a presidential spokesperson, who revealed that Akufo-Addo informed the striker of the impact his retirement had had on the country.
“The president urged him, in the national interest, to rescind his decision to retire from the Black Stars, and make himself available for selection by coach Kwasi Appiah,” Akufo-Addo’s spokesperson, Eugene Arhin said in a statement.
Gyan has made 106 appearances for Ghana, and is the country’s leading goal scorer with 51 international goals.