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23.02.2012 Sports News

Gyan Returns In June…For World Cup Qualifiers

By Daily Guide
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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan will make his return to the Black Stars before the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in June.

The UAE-based attacker 'indefinitely' quit the Black Stars on Saturday citing the abuse he suffered since the end of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The move by the Al Ain player means he could have missed the start of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers in June as they face matches against Lesotho and Nations Cup holders Zambia.

The Black Stars open their Group D campaign against Lesotho on the first weekend of June, before playing 2012 Nations Cup winners Zambia a week later.

But the Ghana Football Association moved to convince the player to reconsider his decision and the country's FA vice-president Jordan Anagbla said he will be available in June.

“He'll be available – he'll be there to play for Ghana,” said Anagbla.

“This morning, I was able to [talk to] him and don't forget I have this good relation with him.

“So I was able to talk to him to come out of his decision – to agree with me that he will be available for any game.”

Anagbla revealed that Gyan received death threats since his early penalty in the Nations Cup semi-final defeat by Zambia was saved by Chipolopolo goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene.

“No one is saying that you should not criticise – but when you criticise with death threats, that is more serious,” added the FA vice-president.

“He is a public figure so is bound to be criticised but if you issue death threats, and put an obituary somewhere, this is very serious.

“You cannot joke with someone's life.”

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