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Meet the Ghana World Cup Squad 2014: Introducing Asamoah Gyan

Captain Fantastic!

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Asamoah Gyan is known the world over as the man who missed the crucial penalty against Uruguay in 2010 World Cup quarter final in South Africa. He is also allegedly the man who needs 5 chances to score a goal and he is the man who briefly “retired” from international football. However He is the captain, the talisman and Ghana’s chief goal threat. Say what you want about him but his record speaks for itself. He is the man whose goals fired Ghana to the quarter final in the first place. He is also Ghana’s all time leading goal scorer (last scoring against Germany at 2014 World Cup) and the first African to score in three consecutive World Cups. Yes three!

Gyan is a dynamic powerful striker who some may argue has not yet fully reached his potential..

Having signed for Udinese in 2003 from Ghanaian club Liberty Professionals located in Accra, Gyan spent two years on loan at Serie B club Modena to gain match experience. Following some excellent displays during the 2006 World Cup, he attracted interest from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow. Gyan returned to Udinese at the start of 2006, but in February 2007, Udinese pulled out of a deal to sell him in the January transfer window. The striker was on the verge of signing a 3-year deal with Lokomotiv Moscow for US$10.5 million, which would have been the fourth largest transfer fee in Russian football.

In August 2007 Gyan signed an improved 5-year contract extension to stay at Udinese until 30 June 2012 as a reward for his fine form.He remained there for just over a year then in July 2008, Gyan was signed by French Ligue 1 Club Stade Rennais , Gyan played 48 times for Rennes, scoring 14 goals. By the end of his stay at Rennes, he became a well known goal scoring figure, scoring 13 league goals in the 2009–10 season. However, Gyan only played three games in Ligue 1 the following season, taking his total appearances to 53, before he departed for Sunderland

After the 2010 World Cup, Gyan signed for Premier League club Sunderland on a four-year deal for record £13 million.. He scored on his Sunderland debut against Wigan Athletic after coming on as a substitute for Danny Welbeck. He finished his first season in English football with 10 league goals. Gyan took the squad number 3 shirt for the 2011–12 season, the same squad number he wears for Ghana. However in September 2011  went on a season long loan at UAE club Al Ain . He later signed a permanent five-year contract with the club on 6 July 2012 worth over £6m per season. He was the top goalscorer in the UAE league in the 2013 season and helped his team retain the league title.

Gyan made his debut for Ghana at the tender age of just 17 scoring on his debut against Somalia in 2003. He was included in the 2006 World Cup Squad and scored the fastest goal of that tournament against the Czech Republic. Along with Sulley Muntari he is the only player to have been selected in all three World Cup squads. He has made 80 appearances for Ghana scoring 41 goals.

If Ghana are now to make it to the second round of the World Cup he will surely have a crucial role to play.

Asamoah Gyan, Me Firi Ghana salutes you!

LetsGoalGhana!

Ben JK Anim-Antwi (@Kwesitheauthor)

Forgiven and Forgotten? Suarez and Ghana, four years on…

Ghana’s relationship with the man whose hand rocked the cradle of Ghanaian dreams and turned them into dust..

There are moments in life where everything seems to slow down, and your heart seems to stop. Your senses become extra-sensitive to the air, the temperature, the ambience of your surroundings – so sensitive that you can even sense that you are about to reach a crossroad in life, where one of two things could happen, both options having the ability to have a massive impact on your future.

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The 119th minute of the World Cup Quarter-Final between Ghana and Uruguay was such a moment. And if you’re a Black Star, you can fully identify with the phenomenon I just described. Ghana had been applying pressure for ages, as the clock ticked towards penalties. The last African team standing in the first ever World Cup in Africa. The world was willing us on. Just one more goal, would take us to the semi-finals – and with confidence rising, and the continent’s support, who knows where we could’ve gone from there? Ghana pressed, and pressed; huffed, and puffed, heeding the call to destiny. Ghana felt destiny was in their own hands.

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Alas, we didn’t know that it wasn’t our hands in which our destiny lay, but in the hand of one Luis Alberto Suarez

Watching Dominic Adiyah fling his head at the ball as it dropped in the penalty box, time slowed down. Despite the speed of the shot, your eyes were able to track the trajectory of the ball. It was headed straight for the goal.

Away from the goalkeeper.

It’s a goal.

It has to be a goal.

Oh my God, it’s actually going to happen!

It’s almost there…

…And then, just as sure as the ball is going into the net, you see two hands raised by someone other than the goalkeeper and the ball begins to travel away from the goal. Dejection. Disappointment. Frustration heightened even further by Asamoah Gyan’s attempts to lob the ball to God with his penalty. Frustration morphing into blind fury as shots of Suarez jumping with glee on the sidelines came into view. If I had a pound for every supermalt bottle/kebab/Malta Guinness bottle/expletive which was thrown when those images first appeared across the world…

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The vitriol aimed at Luis Suarez in the days and weeks following his treacherous act was incredible. Ghanaians across the world began to venerate him as a figure slightly less evil than, if not shoulder-to-shoulder with, Lucifer himself – an example of everything dark, twisted, dishonourable in this life we live. People even began to pray against ‘every Suarez in [my] life’! ’m convinced his irrational and nonsensical biting of an opponent a few months later was just a manifestation of all the curses Ghanaians had thrown his way!

So fast forward almost four years. Four years since our dreams were shattered just as they were almost tangible to touch, our place in history snatched by the Uruguayans hand. How is Suarez seen by Ghanaians today? Speaking to fellow football supporters, there remains an element of distrust and dislike towards a player who since his act has been brought to our front doorstep on a regular basis by plying his trade in the English Premier League, the most watched league in the world.

And yet, the harshness of ill-will towards him seems to have been numbed a great deal by his weekly displays of footballing skill and goal scoring prowess which baffle most observers consistently. This season especially, ever since his return from a ban for another bite (manifestation of his overdraft in Ghanaian curses I’d imagine) Suarez has concentrated on his football and cut out most of his dark arts. From a man whom many wanted thrown off our shores, he has now become a stand-in Liverpool captain, a front-runner for this seasons Player of the Year and Golden Boot and…whisper it…quite a well-behaved player.

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The resentment towards the man whose hand rocked the cradle of Ghanaian dreams has cooled, it has negated a great deal. Retrospect has allowed Ghanaians to understand that despite the treachery of his actions, Ghana still had their destiny in their own control but yet they decided not only to sky the resultant penalty (the politics of which could be another article in itself) but sky a few more in the actual penalty shoot-out! Time has began to heal, began to allow us to take responsibility for our own failure. And time has allowed Suarez to grow from the petulant and uncomfortably-deplorable brat he was to the fearsome and driven footballer he is today.

Time is a healer. The pain will always be there. And I still wouldn’t hang my hat on Suarez being able to make it clean through Kotoka International Airport safe if he ever passed through. But both he and Ghanaians have made great strides over the years. Who knows, if Ghana make it through our Group of Death, we could be set with a shot at sweet revenge against one of the best players in the world. If that bridge comes our way, it may be time to start praying against every Suarez in our life again

Jermaine Bamfo (@Dr_Jabz27)

Inspirational People:

THE GHANA BLACKSTARS!

 

The Ghana Black Stars

 

Ok so I’m aware that when it comes to the Ghana Blackstars, sometimes Ghanaians don’t want to hear it, since they many missed opportunities at the African Cup of Nations.

But come on, it’s inspirational Month& Ghana Independence Month so let’s be inspired. So please read on…

 

Let’s take it back to the unforgettable, 2010 World Cup, Ghana became one of the few African team to reach the World Cup Quarter finals. Yes, Ghana had to pay the penalty, but enough about that.

The courage, bravery and determination each player possessed during the World cup made the Ghanaian nation proud. Ghana had the whole of Africa behind them, Nigeria, Sudan, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya… The whole Africa united, rooting for GHANA.

All the players, especially Sulley Muntari, Asamoah Gyan, John Paintsil, John Mensah, Andre Ayew…and not to forget the others – they all inspired me. WHY? Because, young boys like my little brother want to score a wicked goal like Asamoah Gyan. WHY? Because in my eyes they did not let us down, but showed true bravery and determination to make Ghana’s mark in football history.

Football is not easy.  In order for the Black Stars to get as far as the World cup, they had to qualify to play, and that itself was a lot of hard work. We have to praise them more… Give them more *VIM* So next time they can come back BIGGER, BETTER & STRONGER

The Black stars fought hard to make Ghana’s Mark in Football History.

MeFiRi GHANA are proud to say the Ghana Blackstars have inspired us!!

Have they inspired you? If yes then tweet us @MeFiRiGHANA & say why.

 

BY CLOUDIA