‘AFCON 2008 brought the lowest point of my career’ – Asamoah Gyan


Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says the lowest point of his career came in 2008 during the Africa Cup of Nations tournament hosted in Ghana.

The all time top scorer of Ghana revealed that the game against minnows, Namibia is the worst moment of his illustrious football career for both club and country.

According to the yet to retire but club-less 37-year-old former Sunderland AFC striker, that moment also built him into becoming the player he is.

“It was 2008. AFCON, the one Ghana hosted. It was a game against Namibia,” he told the Day Show on Tv3.

“Statistically we were ahead. Ghanaians thought we were going to beat them [Namibia] like 20-0. And it was one of those days. I wasn’t lucky. I think I was one of the best players on the field but I wasn’t lucky.

“One opportunity that I got at an acute angle. The goalkeeper fumbled and the ball dropped. The keeper was out and I just hit the ball wide.

“And the following day…eii! That was the first time I experienced criticism. So there were just insulting. It was really bad.”

Gyan spent over a decade with the Black Stars, going on to become the country’s all-time top scorer.

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