Former Ghana international Godwin Attram has urged Asamoah Gyan to win the Africa Nations Cup for the country before calling time on his career.
Ghana last tasted glory in the continent’s football fiesta in 1982 when they defeated host nation Libya 7-6 on penalties.
Since then, Ghana has come close to ending the drought but always falter at the final hurdle, having lost to Ivory Coast in 1992 and 2015 and Egypt in 2010.
Speaking to the media during the commissioning of Asamoah Gyan Sports Centre at his Alma-mater Accra Academy on Tuesday, Attram implored the Kayserispor striker to cap his illustrious career with a Nations Cup trophy before end before hanging his boots.
“He is a very good player but needs to focus in order to win the nations cup with the support of the talented Black Stars’ players,” he stated.
He said, “It might not be Gyan’s priority but I believe that it is the only thing Ghanaians are expecting from the captain.”
Attram urged him to put all criticisms behind and with hard work and dedication, make Ghanaians happy by winning the AFCON.
Attram scored a spectacular free-kick in the exhibition game played between the Professional Footballer Association of Ghana (PfaG) and Gyan 11 as part of activities to commission the facility.
He also congratulated Gyan for putting up the edifice and urged other old players to give back to society in order to develop sports in the country.
Laryea Kingston, another former Black Stars player praised Asamoah Gyan for his philanthropic works.
The retired footballer was present at the Accra Academy Campus as Asamoah Gyan commissioned a 3,000 square metre Astro turf for his Alma Mata.
Laryea Kingston said Ghanaians must commend Asamoah Gyan for his humanitarian works, adding that, young players must emulate Gyan’s public-spirited attitude as they grow to become professional footballers.
“I commend Asamoah Gyan for this achievement; I know Ghanaians are happy about this. I want to urge young footballers to learn from the old ones. Most of us made mistakes in our careers. They must learn from Gyan’s career and benevolence.
“It is very obvious that he has good people around who advise him always and he has become a successful footballer.
“I want to tell all my colleagues to emulate the attitude of giving back to the nation. If individuals decide to construct an astro turf for his district it would be good for Ghana sports,” Laryea Kingston said.
Ivory Coast football legend Didier Drogba has eulogized Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan for constructing an ultra-modern Astro Turf pitch for his Alma mater.
Gyan, 31, commissioned the facility at his Alma mater Accra Academy School on Tuesday together with his manager, Samuel Anim Addo and former president of Ghana Jerry John Rawlings and host of dignitaries.
The project include a turf, with a tartan track surrounding it and dressing rooms, a fence wall, toilet facilities and Flood lights will all be put in place.
Didier Drogba who is also known for his humanitarian work in the world posted on social media commending Gyan’s work.
“Proud of you my brother Asamoah_Gyan keep up the good work”.
This is not the first time Drogba has shared some encouraging words about Gyan- the two African football greats are good friends off the pitch and talk time to time.
From Sammy Heywood Okine