Former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has set up a new debate after claiming he deserved to be named as the African footballer of the year in 2010 and 2014.
However, it could be debatable but one will one way or the other side with the former Sunderland forward following his tremendous performance in the aforementioned years.
In 2010, Gyan lost the award to Cameroonian legend Samuel Eto’o who had won the UEFA Champions league with Inter Milan. With Cameroon, they made it to the quarter finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after losing out to Egypt before having a disappointing world cup in South Africa where they finished bottom of Group E.
On the part of Asamoah Gyan, much wasn’t done at club side but his stellar output in both the 2010 AFCON and World Cup can’t be overlooked. He scored three times in Angola to send the Black Stars to the final but unfortunately lost the trophy to Egypt.
In the 2010 World Cup, Asamoah Gyan netted three times; against Serbia, Australia and the USA. His fantastic strike in the extra time against the United States sent Ghana to the quarter final of the World Cup for the first time in the country’s history and also the third African country to reach that mark after Cameroon (1992) and Senegal (2002). At the end, Samuel Eto’o was named the African footballer of the year with Asamoah Gyan finishing as the runner up though he had already claimed the BBC African player of the year accolade.
Also in 2014, Asamoah Gyan once again qualified the Black Stars to the World Cup which was staged in Brazil. He scored twice in that competition against Portugal and champions Germany making him the all time African top scorer at the world cup with 6 goals.
With Al Ain, the 34 year old netted 29 goals going on to be named as the top scorer of the AFC Champions league in 2014. In the same year, he was adjudged as the AFC foreign player of the year. At the end, he also lost the award to Ivorian international Yaya Toure, astonishingly, Gyan couldn’t even climb the podium.
With the points stated, one might side with Asamoah Gyan that he deserved those awards or any? He made this statement;
“Sometimes I don’t know how they vote it, but I still think I should have won it in 2010 and 2014 because I deserved it.
“I did everything, I was scoring goals, I was on top of my shape, I was doing everything you can check the stats” he continued.
“I don’t know how they rate it. Why am I saying I should have won it in 2010 and 2014, without saying 2011, 2012, 2013” he asked?
“It’s because I knew what I did and everybody saw it… I think 2010 and 2014 should have been my year,” Gyan ended.
Asamoah Gyan despite haven’t won the African footballer of the year accolade, has still paid his dues very well to the African game. He was named in the CAF team of the year in 2010, 2013 and 2014. Also, he still remains Ghana’s all time top scorer with 51 goals.
By: Iddriss Abdul Rahim