General secretary of the Ghana Football Association [GFA], Lawyer Prosper Harrison Addo has said his outfit cannot force Asamoah Gyan to retire.
Gyan, 33, has been out of the national team after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations [Afcon] in Egypt.
Following the appointment of CK Akonnor as the Black Stars coach, replacing Kwesi Appiah, Gyan has been overlooked and has been snubbed again in Akonnor's 23 man squad for the upcoming friendly against Mali in October.
The former Sunderland striker's future at the Black Stars has questioned with many calling him to retire from active football.
Reacting to the concerns being raised about Gyan's future in the Black Stars, Mr Addo in an interview with Kumasi-based Nhyira FM said that the latter knows that he will be called back into the team when he starts playing regular club football.
“Gyan knows himself, he knows when he is fit he can play. We should rather applaud what he has said that he doesn’t want favours but rather he wants to be called on merit.
“Assuming Gyan gets back to fitness, joins a club and he is scoring goals, the coach can call him on merit. He has not retired and so, it will be very bad for an FA official or association to force him to retire,” he concluded.
Gyan before the 2019 Afcon was stripped of the Black Stars captaincy and was given to Andre Ayew.