Gyan: If Ghana need me, I'll play

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Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has insisted he will answer a Black Stars call-up if needed following their shock Africa Cup of Nations group-stage exit. 

Ghana suffered a shock elimination from Afcon after they were beaten 3-2 by minnows Comoros on Tuesday, with their captain Andre Ayew also receiving a red card in the match. 

This tournament was the first time in 15 years the African giants had gone to the showpiece without Gyan, who is the country's record goalscorer, in their squad, per GhanaWeb.

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The 36-year-old was "devastated" upon his nation's early exit from the competition, saying the team did not play with enough "determination". 

"Andrew Ayew is the only one who has got the killer instinct in the team," Gyan said during a SuperSport broadcast. 

"I'm devastated. I am shocked the other way round. You cannot win a game with this attitude. I saw the real Ghana when we were 10 men down.

"They tried to give everything which was good, but it was not enough. As we all said earlier, we didn't have a sense of urgency throughout this tournament. 

"We had 10 players on the field. I am a bit upset because why do you have to push when you have 10 men instead of having 11 men on the pitch? I am very disappointed in this game. 

"We didn't play with determination, with any ambitions. What else can I say? We have lost and we are going home. Everybody in Ghana will be disappointed." 

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Asked if he had retired from the national team duty, the striker, who is currently without a club following a spell in the Ghana Premier League with Legon Cities, insisted he will answer the Black Stars' call once again if they need him, although he added that he would need some serious training first.

"I haven't retired yet," he explained.

"If I need to play, I have to shed some weight and be active before [that], and train week in week out and I will be good. 

"Body-wise, I still feel young at heart, I've still got a lot to offer. The mind is there, everything is alright, but physically I don't think I am ready for now. I need to work on my body."

With Ghana having qualified for the play-offs of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, we may yet see Gyan in action at the global showpiece once again.

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