This is one of the happiest days of my life - Asamoah Gyan on his 50th goal.
The Ghana captain who scored his debut goal against Somalia at the Baba Yara Stadium fourteen years ago nodded in at the near post to hit the 50th mark at the same venue. That was also his first since scoring against Mali in the group stages of the Nations Cup.
Once the goal went in, T-shirts celebrating the landmarks begun to appear in the crowd and Gyan could not hide his elation afterward.
“This is one of the happiest days of my life,” he told TV3 immediately afterward. “To score fifty goals for a country is amazing. I want to thank Ghanaians for staying behind me especially through the bad times. The fans have been amazing today. They stayed behind us and the support was amazing. The turnout was huge which is really encouraging.”
Gyan’s goal came from a cross laid on a plate for him by new boy Thomas Agyepong, one of many new faces in the side. Kwesi Appiah also named Lumor Agbenyenu at left back, Raphael Dwamena in attack alongside Gyan and Ebenezer Ofori in midfield while Thomas Agyepong got the nod on the right wing.
All four players were hugely influential in a win that thrilled the big crowd at the Baba Yara Stadium to the delight of Gyan who thinks the long-term prospects for Ghana are good.
“They came to prove themselves and we helped them settle in well. I worked on crosses with Agyepong for instance because I know he crosses to the near post whenever he takes hold of the ball so I knew I had to go to the first post,” Gyan added. “What many of them have done is to make things difficult for Kwesi Appiah and that is a good thing; the fact that there are options within the team now.”
Gyan is also hoping this sets the team up nicely for the journey to the Nations Cup in Cameroon.
“This is the beginning of the journey and we have started on a good note. We will take a lot of confidence from this because the performance was good,” he concluded.