The 34-year-old striker has disclosed that playing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations cost him a transfer to play for Manchester City.
Baby Jet, who was then playing for Italian side Udinese, had a tough and challenging tournament for the Black Stars on home soil as he fell out with the local fans and couldn’t meet their lofty expectations.
Gyan’s only goal at the tournament came for Ghana in the opening game, where he netted from the penalty spot in their 2-1 win against Guinea.
Speaking to legendary Ghanaian sports writer and host of GTV Sports+, Kwabena Yeboah, Gyan cited:
“I regret playing at the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations because I was injured but I felt I needed to sacrifice but yet I was criticized [for my performance],”
“I really regret playing in the tournament because even after that I had to go out for five months.
“I was supposed to sign for Manchester City but I missed.
“That has been one of my biggest regrets with the National team.”
Gyan whose family was apparently attacked by some angry local fans, decided to walk out of Ghana’s camp only to take a Presidential intervention for him to change his mind and stay
The Black Stars suffered a painful semi-final defeat to Samuel Eto’o’s Cameroon, where eventually Ghana settled for a third place finish after beating Ivory Coast 4-2.
Gyan, however, joined Rennes in the French Ligue 1.