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Asamoah Gyan reveals why he wore customized armband in his book

Former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan last Saturday launched his biography at the Kempinski Hotel in Accra.

The book talks about his life growing up and his storied career in football spanning nearly two decades.

Gyan played for Liberty professionals locally in Ghana before traveling to Italy and also playing in France, England, Turkey, UAE among others.

The event was graced by a lot of dignitaries with  President Akufo-Addo, GFA boss Kurt Okraku former Black Stars players and prominent men from the business world .

Excerpts  of the book has explained why Gyan wore a customized armband with his face emblazoned  on it against Ethiopia in a  World Cup  qualifier where he scored his 50th goal for Ghana  but unfortunately his armband took the shine of the feat.

According to Gyan, the reason behind the customised armband was to mark his incredible feat of becoming the fifth African to score 50 goals for his country.

“When the call up came for the qualifier against Ethiopia I knew I had the chance to do what only five Africans had done.

I contacted a friend from PUMA who designed a special armband for me. I had my image printed on the band to celebrate that fiftieth goal we had all been waiting for. I brought the band along for the game. I would wear it to commemorate how far I had come.

But his act led to criticisms from the media with many claiming it was against FIFA rules.

Others also linked it to a supposed feud between him and his then-assistant Dede Ayew, who many said was in a ‘rush’ to take Gyan’s position.

I had an earlier discussion with my coach, Kwesi Appiah, and assistant captain, Andre Ayew about my plan.

They were both supportive of the act and thought it was amusing. I asked Andre to carry the original armband in case I had to be substituted since I knew how it would look if I handed over a customized armband to him during the game.

Lo and behold Gyan connected a cross from the left to give Ghana to the opener, scoring what was his fiftieth goal in his international career. The purpose of the customised armband served.

Ghana won the game 5-0 and set a record but the headlines, the morning after the game were about the customised armband.

Black Stars all-time topscorer said it was disappointing to read the report and at some point felt he had miscalculated his goals.

The following day, I woke up to the news that startled me to the bone.

I slept smiling to myself, thinking about the headlines that would celebrate my fiftieth goal.

I probably even dreamt about how everyone was talking about how hard I’ve worked to reach that number of goals. But I woke up to see the armband was the headline.

Not a single outlet talked about that remarkable goal that carried me into the elite class.

No one even remembered how remarkable that feat was. What everyone took home from that game was a customised armband with my face on it.

Wow! I was shocked and confused. Was that the only thing everyone saw? At one point I thought maybe I had miscalculated the number of goals.

But then I realised it was just the media being the media. The focus will definitely be on the negatives.

Asamoah Gyan launched his LeGyandary book on April, 30 at the Kimpiski hotel.

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