Asamoah Gyan Announces Retirement from Active Football
Ghana football legend, Asamoah Gyan, announced on Tuesday (20 June) that he has retired from active football after sharing his story during a panel session at the just ended Afreximbank Annual Meetings (AAM2023) in Accra.
“It is time… that voice has been clear in my ears, and I have succumbed to it, it is time. It is time to hang the jersey and boots in glory as I retire officially from active football,” the 37-year-old broke down before his audience at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC).
It took the likes of former Ivorian footballer, Didier Drogba, who was also on the panel to console Gyan to regain his composure on the stage as the crowd received the news with thunderous applause.
Gyan is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals after making 109 appearances as striker of the Black Stars. Baby Jet, as he is affectionately called, began his professional career in 2003 with Liberty Professionals in Ghana. He has had stints with clubs in France, England, Turkey, China, and the United Arab Emirates.
He was part of Ghana’s maiden World Cup squad in 2006 in Germany that finished in the round of 16 and the final of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
Below is a statement Gyan issued right after the announcement: