‘It happened with Roger Milla’ – Asamoah Gyan wants to play at World Cup

‘It happened with Roger Milla’ – Asamoah Gyan wants to play at World Cup

Asamoah Gyan, the former Ghana captain, has stated that, like Roger Milla in 1994, he may return to the Black Stars ahead of the 2022 World Cup.

Milla, who was 42 at the time, came out of retirement to play for Cameroon, becoming the oldest player to feature in a 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 inaction, the veteran striker 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 Ghana’s all-time leading scorer with 51 goals and Africa’s leading World Cup scorer with six goals.

He is also his country’s most capped player, having appeared in 109 matches for the national side.

It remains to be seen whether Black Stars coach Otto Addo would consider him for selection, with Ghana competing in the World Cup against Uruguay, South Korea, and Portugal.

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