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Asamoah Gyan Bidding To Make Shock Return For Ghana At World Cup

Asamoah Gyan is ready to come out of the cold, and he is targeting a shock return to the Ghana squad ahead of the World Cup Finals in Qatar later this year.

It seemed that the 36-year-old had hung up his international boots for good in 2019, and he hasn’t been attached to a club since April 2021 when he turned out for Accra-based side Legon Cities.

But the former Sunderland and Udinese forward has been put on a specialized training program, and he hasn’t abandoned thoughts of making a fourth appearance at the World Cup Finals, which would put him alongside elevated company.

Asamoah Gyan is hoping to emulate Roger Milla, who came out of retirement for Cameroon at the 1990 World Cup. Milla proved to be a revelation with a series of exceptional displays, weighing in with four goals.

Despite time away from the game, Asamoah Gyan has conceded that he still has a burning desire to play at Qatar, and he is keen to return to the international fold.

Speaking to BBC World Service, he said: “Talent wise, everything is there already, so I just have to prepare physically.

“The World Cup is every footballer’s dream. I think I’ve got a bit of energy left in me to prove myself again.

“I’ve been out for almost two years now due to injuries but I need to get my body back in shape. It’s an eight-week programme, and according to my physical instructor I’m improving faster than he thought.

“Then I must see how my body reacts to playing competitive football.”

To a certain extent, Asamoah Gyan, who has netted six times at World Cup Finals and is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals, will undoubtedly feel he has unfinished business.

In 2010, Ghana were within striking distance of becoming the first African side to reach the World Cup semi-finals, but in extra time against Uruguay, Asamoah Gyan rattled a penalty that skimmed the top of the crossbar before fizzing over.

Although Asamoah Gyan made amends in the shoot-out, Uruguay reached the last four at the expense of Ghana.

And at Qatar, Ghana and Uruguay will renew hostilities in Group H, but they won’t face each other until their third and final game.

Revenge will be the operative word for Ghana this time around.

The World Cup is bound to throw up a few surprises and as always, it will be fiercely contested.

Nerves are likely to be frayed for the fans who will be sitting on the edge of their seats watching the action, and it will be fascinating to see how things unfold.

Moreover, the World Cup is likely to spark a frenzy of activity in the betting markets.

For those who wish to bet on World Cup soccer, they can visit some of the biggest US operators, including FanDuel, which will have outright odds for fans to tuck into.

As far as Ghana is concerned, FanDuel is pricing them at a very distant +21000 to win the World Cup, while the same operator has odds available of +4200 for the Black Stars to reach the last four.

There’s still a bit of time before the final Ghana World Cup squad is trimmed to 26.

Asamoah Gyan will be desperate to board the plane to Qatar, and if he does, it would represent an incredible comeback story.

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