36-year-old Asamoah Gyan captured training ‘gidigidi’ at Legon Park to regain full fitness for world cup callup [WATCH]
Following his proclamation that he wants to participate in the 2022 World Cup, veteran Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan has been spotted practicing hard at the Ajax Park in Legon.
The former Sunderland forward is seen going through his paces on Tuesday morning in a video posted by Joy Sports as he attempts to return to top shape.
Reports suggest Gyan “and his camp strongly believe he can reach full match fitness before the World Cup later this year.”
The 36-year-old has been trending on social media following his BBC interview, in which he compared his potential return to that of Roger Milla, who came out of retirement to play for Cameroon in the 1994 World Cup.
Gyan was a Black Stars mainstay for over two decades, having made his international debut in 2003.
However, the 36-year-old has not played for his country since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt.
Gyan has battled nagging ailments over the previous three years, and his tenure at Ghana Premier League club Legon Cities did not go as planned.
Despite his lack of involvement, he says he has not retired and has left the door open for a comeback to the Black Stars ahead of the World Cup in Qatar.
“Anything can happen, it has happened before back in 1994 when Roger Milla came back from retirement to play in the World Cup,” he told the BBC Sport.
“But I haven’t retired yet, I haven’t announced my retirement, I have been out for almost two years now due to injuries and my body shutting down.
“I just need to get my body back in shape, so I have started training of course and I’ll see how my body reacts to playing competitive football.
“Talent wise, everything is there already, so I just have to prepare physically and then we’ll see what happens.”
Gyan is currently Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals and Africa’s highest scorer at the World Cup with six strikes.