Gyan earns plaudits after breaking Pele’s record


Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has said that it will be difficult for anyone to catch up with striker Asamoah Gyan who has now set a new country scoring record.

Gyan on Friday night overtook legend Abedi Pele’s 33 goals with a brace against Sudan in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier to tally 34 goals.

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At 27, it expected the Al Ain striker will double the number before quitting international football.
Appiah, who installed the former Sunderland player as his captain when appointed substantive Black Stars coach, heaps praise on Gyan for his historic feat.
“Let me congratulate Gyan. He overworked himself and played a real captain’s game against Sudan,” Appiah told
“After we were one man down, he was the only one upfront fighting and fortunately, he got two goals for us.
“It’s not easy to achieve such a record and I believe he’s got more years ahead of him and can widen the gap. It’s going to be difficult for other players to catch up.”
Gyan can increase his goal tally next week when Ghana travel to Maseru to play Lesotho in a 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

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