Gyan: AFCON prevented City switch

African Football

Legendary Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has revealed how playing in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations cost him the chance to join Premier League giants Manchester City.

Gyan was named in the Black Stars' squad for the competition, which was played on his home soil, but managed just one goal throughout the tournament as the hosts were eliminated in the semi-finals.

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The 34-year-old has now revealed that he was playing through injury at the time and that he was forced to spend a prolonged period on the sidelines with Udinese following tournament, ending his hopes of joining the Citizens. 

"I regret playing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations because I was injured but I felt I needed to sacrifice, but yet I was criticised," the Accra-born striker told GTV Sports+.

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"I really regret playing in the tournament because even after that I had to go out for five months.

"I was supposed to sign for Manchester City but I missed [that chance]. That has been one of my biggest regrets with the national team."

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Gyan subsequently secured transfers to Rennes and then Sunderland, before enjoying a highly successful spell with Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates. He is currently unattached after a brief stint with NorthEast United in India.