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Can Asamoah Gyan become 2022's Roger Milla?

Even though he doesn't play much on the field, the man is constantly in the news. His countrymen were taken aback by an interview he gave on Wednesday in which he urged them to consider inviting him to the World Cup in Qatar, and he said a lot. Read on to find out what happened.

The World Cup has a long history, so a 36-year-old dreaming of a spot is not the most absurd thing to think about. But this is Gyan, a person for whom things are rarely black and white. What is undeniable is that Ghana's all-time leading scorer's consideration of this is a testament to his national team's failure to properly replace him despite clear signs, as early as late 2017, that injuries were hampering his prolific tendencies. Asamoah last played for Ghana in an Afcon round of 16 loss to Tunisia in July 2019. The Black Stars have played 26 games in all competitions since that game. Captain Andre Ayew leads the team in scoring with nine goals, followed by Thomas Partey, Kudus Mohammed, and Jordan Ayew, all of whom have six. Ghana has tried a slew of strikers during that time, but none have scored more than once for the team. Not Caleb Ekuban (1 goal), Felix Afena-Gyan (1), Richmond Boakye Yiadom (1), or many others.

Finally, the World Cup begins exactly three months from now, on November 20. Gyan's last competitive club football match was in April 2021 for Legon Cities of the Ghana Premier League (GPL). Is it possible to see him gatecrash—there's no other word for it—the final squad? I've been out for almost two years due to injuries, but all I need now is to get my body back into shape. It's an eight-week program, and my physical trainer says I'm progressing faster than he expected." Gyan will be able to rehabilitate his body in time for the tournament. But, of course, it's not quite that simple.

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