Asamoah Gyan, the former captain of the Ghanaian Black Stars and who last played for Legon Cities Football Club, has officially announced his retirement from football. This decision comes after his successful initiative, the Under-16 Baby Jet African Tournament, which aimed to discover and nurture new football talents across Africa, not limited to Ghana. Throughout his illustrious career as a professional football player, Gyan has achieved numerous milestones for both his club and national team, highlighting his remarkable contributions to the football scene.
Gyan, a Ghanaian footballer, holds several notable records, including being the first Ghanaian player to score in the World Cup, Africa’s highest goal scorer at the FIFA World Cup, and the first player to score in nine consecutive international tournaments. He was also awarded the 2010 Best British Broadcast Corporation Player of the Year and is Ghana’s all-time top scorer. Beyond his sporting achievements, Gyan has made a name for himself through his philanthropic endeavours, supporting the underprivileged in society and creating opportunities for them through social initiatives and media platforms.
On June 20th, 2023, Asamoah Gyan released a press statement officially announcing his retirement from football. In his statement, he expressed gratitude to various individuals, including the President, Ministers of State, board members, fellow speakers, traditional leaders, and his family. Gyan acknowledged the difficulty of this moment, as retiring from the sport is a stage that every footballer faces with mixed emotions. However, he emphasized that the time had come to hang up his jersey and boots and bid farewell to active football. He also shared his intention, along with his management team, to continue supporting and nurturing young talents, as demonstrated by the successful Baby Jet Under-16 African Tournament, where 1,200 young players from West Africa showcased their skills on live television.
Asamoah Gyan expressed his desire to utilize his experience and knowledge in coaching, football business, and scouting. He concluded his retirement statement by extending his gratitude to Ghana, his beloved country, as well as his family, schoolmates, colts teammates, coaches, and everyone who played a role in his football career. He offered his heartfelt thanks and wished blessings upon them all.