Asamoah Gyan is a Ghana legend in his own right. Ever since he made his goal-scoring debut as
a 17 year old against Somalia in 2003, he has had some amazing highs and noticeable lows. He struck his 50th goal for Ghana in their 5-0 win over Ethiopia in the opening game of the 2019 African cup of Nations qualification phase. In doing so, he became the first man to do so and only the 5th African to hit half- a-century of goals for his country. Here, obuasitoday.com takes a look at 5 of his goals that have had the most telling impact.
5. England 1 Ghana 1(Friendly, 2011)
This was just a friendly, but it was a special game. Ghana and her colonial masters had never met on the football pitch until this friendly at Wembley in March 2011. It was a wonderful spectacle with Ghana fans recording the highest attendance by an away team at Wembley. On the field, Andy Carroll gave England the lead but Gyan danced through the three Lions’ defense deep into stoppage time to plant the ball beyond the reach of Joe Hart. It sparked wild celebrations in the stands and back home in Ghana too.
4. Ghana 1 Nigeria 0(AFCON 2010 SEMI-FINAL)
Ghana defied the odds to reach the Afcon 2010 final despite missing key men for the tournament which was hosted by Angola. Captain Stephen Appiah, Sulley Muntari,John Mensah, John Paintsil all missed the tournament through injury. Michael Essien hobbled off after Ghana’s first game. Players from the 2009 U-20 world cup winning squad were drafted in as a result. The side recovered from an opening game loss to Ivory Coast to seal three successive 1-0 victories over Burkina Faso, Angola and Nigeria to make the final before eventually losing to Egypt in the final. Asamoah Gyan’s header from a Kwadwo Asamoah corner was all Ghana needed to claim victory over the Super Green Eagles in the semi finals.
3. Ghana 2 Czech Republic 0( World Cup,2006)
Gyan duely became the first ever Ghanaian player to score a goal at the World Cup in Ghana’s second group game against a Czech republic side who were ranked second in the world at the time. With barely 2 minutes into the game Gyan beat Petr Cech in goal to give favourites Czech Republic a reality check. Sulley Muntari added a second late in the game to give Ghana a famous 2-0 victory.
2. Ghana 2 USA 1(World Cup 2010)
1-1 was the score in regulation time until Asamoah Gyan ran unto a lofted ball by Dede Ayew,out-
muscled Rennes team mate Carlos Bocanegra and sent a ferocious strike past Tim Howard in the USA goal to make Ghana only the third African side to qualify for the world cup quarterfinals.
1. Ghana 1 Algeria 0( AFCON 2015)
As it turned out, anything other than a win would have sent Ghana out embarrassingly in the group stage. Having missed Ghana’s opening game loss to Senegal through illness, Gyan rose from his sick bed, and with seconds of stoppage time remaining with the score locked at 0-0,he produced a touch of class. Gyan ran onto Wakaso’s long pass and struck a powerful right foot half-volley into the Algeria net.