Gyan recalled to Black Stars for Sierra Leone AFCON qualifier

BY: Kweku Zurek
Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan

Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has been handed a recall to the senior national team for the upcoming 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier against Sierra Leone despite playing only 35 minutes of competitive football this season.

Gyan, Ghana's record scorer with an impressive 51 goals in 106 appearances returns to the Black Stars fold after being left out of last Month's disappointing 1-0 loss at Kenya in an African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.

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Gyan, 32, has been restricted to the role of substitute this season for his Turkish Super Lig club side Kayserispor after being dogged by injuries following his switch to Turkey in July last year.

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According to transfermarkt.co.uk, his two appearances in the Turkish Super Lig saw him come on for 14 minutes in a 0-0 draw with Malatyaspor before playing for 21 minutes at Gotzepe.

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Ghana faces Sierra Leone in a doubleheader - hosting them first on October 11 before travelling away for the return-leg on October 15.

Also returning to the 23-man squad is Deportivo Alaves midfielder Mubarak Wakaso while Andre and Jordan Ayew have been left out again by Coach Kwasi Appiah.

Other returnees include one-year absentee Columbus Crew defender Jonathan Mensah and Atletico Madrid loanee midfielder Bernard Mensah, who is currently Gyan's teammate at Kayserispor.

All the four teams in the AFCON qualifying Group F have three points after two games but the Black Stars sit top with a superior goal difference of +4.

See the entire Ghana squad below;

Goalkeepers: Richard Ofori (Maritzburg United, South Africa), Lawrence Ati Zigi (Sochaux, France), Felix Annan (Asante Kotoko)

Defenders: Harrison Afful (Columbus Crew, USA), Andy Yiadom (Reading FC, England), Lumor Agbenyenu (Sporting Lisbon, Portugal), Jonathan Mensah (Columbus Crew, USA), John Boye (FC Metz, France), Daniel Amartey (Leicester City, England), Nicholas Opoku (Udinese, Italy)

Midfielders: Mubarak Wakaso (Deportivo Alaves, Spain), Isaac Sackey (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Afriyie Acquah (Empoli, Italy), Kwadwo Asamoah (Inter Milan, Italy), Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid, Spain), Bernard Mensah (Kayserispor, Turkey), Christian Atsu (Newcastle United, England), Thomas Agyepong (Hibernian, Scotland), Nana Ampomah (Waasland-Beveren, Belgium)

Forwards: Asamoah Gyan (Kayserispor, Turkey), Majeed Waris (FC Nantes, France), Emmanuel Boateng (Levante, Spain), Richmond Boakye-Yiadom (Red Star Belgrade, Serbia)