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The senior national team of Ghana(the black stars of ghana),
have seen wonderful talents since it came into existance
we have seen the likes of C.K Gyamfi,Osei Kofi,
Owusu Afriyie,Tony Yeboah,Abedi Pele,Mohammed Polo,
Micheal Essien,Sammy Osei Kuffour,to mention but
a few.
We simply can’t mention them all but in this era
of the black stars,xbitgh.com takes a look at
arguably,the two most popular black star players,
currently.
Which of them have the love of the fans, Asamoah Gyan
or Andre Dede Ayew?
Let’s take a look at their national team profile
beginning with the black stars captain – Asamoah Gyan.
Gyan made his international debut at the age of
17. Gyan scored on his senior International debut
for Ghana against Somalia on 19 November 2003
in the 90th minute, he came on for Isaac Boakye
in the 62nd minute in a 2006 FIFA World Cup
qualifier, three days before he turned 18 years;
helping Ghana to win that game, and making him
the youngest ever player to score for Ghana. He
scored four times in seven matches during that
successful World Cup qualifying campaign. He
was part of the 2004 Ghana Olympic squad, who
exited in the first round, having finished in third
place in Group B.
He also scored the fastest goal of the 2006 World
Cup after 68 seconds. The strike was also
Ghana’s first ever goal in the World Cup, coming
in the game against the Czech Republic on 17 June
at the Rhein Energie Stadion in Cologne,
Germany, which set the Black Stars on their way
to a 2–0 victory. He missed a penalty later in the
game, and received a yellow card ruling him out
of the final group game for trying to take the
penalty too early. In Ghana’s defeat to Brazil in the
Round of 16, he was sent off in the 81st minute
after collecting his second booking of the match
(for diving).
On 24 January 2008 during the Africa Cup of
Nations Gyan and his brother Baffour decided to
walk out on the Black Stars following criticism
after their unconvincing 1–0 win over Namibia.
The media learnt the brothers had packed their
bags and were ready to leave the team hotel but
were persuaded to stay by team-mates. In the
2010 African Cup of Nations, Asamoah Gyan
helped a Ghana team, ravaged by injuries to the
finals. Gyan scored three out of the four Ghana
goals during the tournament.
Gyan scored with a penalty in the 85th minute of
Ghana’s first match of the 2010 World Cup
against Serbia, in a 1–0 win. He hit the post in the
92nd minute before being substituted to a
standing ovation just before the final whistle. In
Ghana’s second game, he scored a penalty in the
26th minute to level the scores and earn his team
a 1–1 draw against Australia.
In the round of 16 match against the USA, he
scored a goal in extra time allowing Ghana to win
by a score of 2 to 1 and hence become the third
African team in history to qualify to the
tournament’s quarter final, after Cameroon and
Senegal. In the quarter final tie against Uruguay,
following Luis Suárez’s handling of the ball on the
goal-line, he missed a penalty kick with no time
remaining at end of extra time, hitting the
crossbar and necessitating a penalty shootout to
decide the game. He converted his penalty in the
subsequent penalty shootout, but Uruguay went
on to win the shootout 4–2.
Gyan scored Ghana’s equaliser against England at
Wembley in the international friendly on 29 March
2011.
For the second time in his career, Gyan missed a
crucial penalty kick in a major tournament when
he missed a penalty kick in the 2012 African Cup
of Nations semi-final. Ghana went on to lose 1–0.
After missing that penalty kick, Gyan decided to
take an “indefinite break” from International
football. On 8 May 2012, he announced his return
to the Black Stars team. He was announced at the
team captain of the Black Stars.
He was named in the Black Stars provisional 30-
man squad for the World Cup Brazil, 2014.

Andre Dede Ayew.

Due to having dual French and Ghanaian
citizenship, Ayew was
eligible for France and Ghana. He initially chose
France citing the failed inquiries of the Ghana
Football Association to contact him
as his reason why, but declared Ghana to be his
first option
citing his father. Ayew was, subsequently, called
up and
participated in a training camp with the France
under-18 team. In 2007, he turned down several
offers to play for the country’s
under-21 team. Ayew later warned the Ghana
Football
Association that he was on the verge of
representing France at international level stating
“At this moment there is only one
choice to make because I have only received an
invitation from
one country and that is France”. On 7 August
2007, Ayew was
called up for the first time by Ghana coach Claude
Le Roy for the team’s friendly match against
Senegal on 21 August. He made
his international debut in the match appearing as
a late-match substitute. On 11 January 2008,
Ayew was named to the Ghana
squad to play in the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations.
At youth level, Ayew represented Ghana at
under-20 level and
captained the team to victory at both the 2009
African Youth Championship and the 2009 FIFA
U-20 World Cup.
Ayew made his second major international
tournament appearance by appearing at 2010
AFCON.
On 19th january 2010,in the team final group match
against burkina faso,he scored his first international
goal in the 30th minute connecting on a header.
Ghana won the match 1-0 n reached the cup finals where
they were defeated 1-0 by Egypt. Ayew appeared in all five
matches ghana contested.on 7th may 2010 Ayew was named to coach
Milovan Rajevac’s 30 man preliminary squad to participate in the 2010
FIFA world cup. He was later named in the 23 man squad to compete in
the competition alongside his brother Ibrahim. on june 12, Ayew made his
fifa world cup debut.In the team’s round of 16 match against the
united states, Ayew assisted on the game winning goal scored by
Asamoah gyan.
For his performance in the match, Ayew was named the man-of-the-match
by fifa.

Who is your favourite among the two,Asamoah gyan or Andrew ayew?

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Nigerian football legend and former Super Eagles captain, Kanu Nwankwo has reportedly recovered his stolen £8,250 from Russian Police.

The 41-year-old football legend was recently robbed by two loaders at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport after he landed in Russia from London ahead of the 2018 World Cup tournament.

Kanu had arrived in Kaliningrad for a World Cup curtain raiser game organised by FIFA when he discovered his money was missing and reported to the Russian authorities.

Lt-Col Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry, who confirmed the incident said the money was stolen by two loaders and promised it will be returned to the football legend.

A source close to the Nwankwo confirmed to NationSport on Monday, that the money has been returned to the former Nigeria International.

“Yes Papilo is grateful. The Russia police and security agencies were very helpful. They recovered it in hours and returned the money to him,” the source said.

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