Gyan Becomes 1st Ghanaian Player To Hit 50 Goals for Country; Ties with Van Persie in FIFA Ranking

Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan has become the first player in Ghana’s football history to score 50 goals for the national team. Gyan’s 50th goal has tied him with world renowned strikers in FIFA’s highest goal scorers rankings by country.

Asamoah Gyan scored the opening goal to hit the landmark 50-goal record during Ghana’s AFCON qualifier match against Ethiopia at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium, on Sunday, 11th June, 2017.

This feat has seen the popular Ghanaian striker placing 35th on FIFA’s top scorers list, together with Netherlands’ all-time top scorer Robin van Persie and Bosnia & Herzegovina star Edin Dzeko.

Van Persie and Dzeko both have a record of 50 goals for their national teams in 101 and 84 appearances respectively. Gyan on his own part, hit 101 caps for Ghana after the Sunday match which also saw his 50th goal since he joined the team 14 years ago (in 2003).

Asamoah Gyan’s 50th goal for the Black Stars also makes him the the 5th African footballer to earn the 50-goal landmark for his country after Zambia’s late star, Godfrey Chitalu; Egypt’s retired player, Hossan Hassan; Cote d’Ivoire’s Didier Drogba and Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o.

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The Al Ahli talisman took advantage of teammate Thomas Agyapong’s cross from the left, coolly nodding the ball into the net, 11 minutes into the first half of the game. Gyan’s 50th goal retains his honour as Ghana’s all-time top scorer.

To celebrate this feat, Asamoah Gyan made customized T-shirts with the national flag and the write-up: “Glory be to God; 50….; Thank you Ghana”, printed on them. Some of his fans were spotted in the T-shirts after the match.

The former Shanghai SIPG striker has since this year (2017) recorded only one goal for the Black Stars, after recovering from a series of injuries which bedeviled his career last year. The frustrating injury spells had restricted him to just two appearance for the national team throughout the year, with no goal recorded.

Captain Armband Controversy

During the Ghana vs Etiopia clash, Asamoah Gyan spotted a customized captain armband, which he failed to hand over to his deputy, Andre Ayew while leaving the pitch in exchange with Abdul Majeed Waris in the second half of the game. The armband which was quite alright designed in Ghana’s national colours, had an image of the No. 3 striker’s portrait on it.

This behaviour which is strictly against the rules on captains armbands, has since sparked off criticisms among football fans, especially on the social media, with many wondering what inspired the skipper’s action.

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However, the match which is Ghana’s first outing in the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament, marked a good beginning for the Black Stars, after they trashed the Ethiopian Walias 5-0. The team is really working hard towards ending their long and frustrating trophy drought which has lingered since 1982.