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Gyan on the cusp of AFCON milestone

BY: Daily Graphic
 Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan is Ghana's record man. He is a legend. He is famous and arguably the most iconic among this current generation.

He has been the symbol of the Black Stars the last decade.

At 33, he continues to break new barriers to further cement his legendary status.

He holds the record for the most goals by an African in the history of the FIFA World Cup — six goals in three editions (2006, 2010, 2014).

However, Gyan can rewrite the books at the 2019 AFCON. If he manages to find the back of the net, he will become the first player ever to score in seven successive editions of the AFCON.

It is not beyond him as he has broken several records since making his debut in 2003 at 17 years.

His 29 matches at the AFCON is yet another Ghanaian record at the finals of the flagship continental event.

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At the twilight of his career, Gyan is at the AFCON finals for the seventh time in a row. He has been in the Black Stars squad at every edition since 2008, captaining the side in 2013, 2015 and 2017.

On his previous six appearances, 'Baby Jet', as he is fondly called, has eight goals to his name from 29 matches and reaching the final on two occasions — 2010 and 2015, losing to Egypt and Cote d'Ivoire respectively.

The forward has scored in every edition he has featured, equalling the record of Zambian legend Kalusha Bwalya and Cameroun icon Samuel Eto'o.

Housed in Ismaila-based Group F with the likes of Benin and Guinea-Bissau, much will be expected of Gyan and his colleagues to end Ghana's search for the elusive fifth continental title, and the first since 1982.

— CAFonlinepaint