Ghanaian star, Asamoah Gyan has rescinded his decision to quit the Black Stars team after announcing his retirement over captaincy row.

The country’s leading goal-scorer Asamoah Gyan retired from international football few days ago following the coach’s decision to strip him of the captain’s armband for AFCON 2019 and hand it to Andre Ayew.

“If the decision of the coach is to give captaincy of the tournament to another player while I am named in the team (squad) of the tournament, I wish to recuse myself from the tournament. I also wish to retire from the national team permanently.” Gyan had said in a statement.

However, President Akufo-Addo was on Tuesday, May 21 reached out to the technical team of the Black Stars, the Management Committee, and the Normalization Committee of the Ghana Football Association as well as the Asamoah Gyan’s camp to on the issue and then implored the player to return to the team for the sake of unity and peace.

The 33-year-old honoured the President’s request and has issued a statement on his u-turn, saying it cannot be regarded. Gyan will, however, be the general captain, whilst Andre Ayew will be the substantive captain. 

The Kayserispor forward netted 51 goals in 106 international appearances, both Ghana national team records, which includes scoring at six consecutive Nations Cup finals, as well as three World Cups between 2006 and 2014.