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Sports News of Monday, 20 April 2020


I deserved 2010 and 2014 Africa Best Player Awards - Asamoah Gyan

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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan believes he deserved the 2010 and the 2014 CAF Africa Best player awards.

Gyan lost out on the 2010 award to Cameroon great Samuel Eto’o and missed out entirely in the 2014 edition by not making the top 3.

In 2010, Gyan top-scored for the Black Stars as they made it to the quarter-finals of the FIFA world cup for the first time.

He was also in sensational form for new club Sunderland in the English Premier League.

In 2014, while playing his club football in the UAE, Gyan scored countless goals for Al Ain as they won the league and also helped Ghana qualify for the 2014 FIFA world cup.

Seeming a tad clueless on how the awards are decided, Asamoah believes he contributed much on the field in the period stated above to deserve the top prize.

He poured out his sentiments in an interview with TV3’s Juliet Bawuah.

“Sometimes I don't know how they vote it, but I still think I should have won it in 2010 and 2014 because I deserved it” he claimed.

“I did everything I was scoring goals, I was on top of my shape, I was doing everything you can check the stats” he continued.

“I don’t know how they rate it. Why am I saying I should have won it in 2010 and 2014, without saying 2011, 2012, 2013” he asked.

“Its because I knew what I did and everybody saw it… I think 2010 and 2014 should have been my year” he noted.

Gyan takes consolation in the fact that he won other individual awards and says he’s not really gutted he missed out on the CAF Africa Player of the Year Awards.

“Sometimes I feel like there were a lot of players who were even better than me and they didn’t get to there”.

“But at least I was able to win the BBC African Player of the Year, it was one of my (most) prestigious awards in my career. I was second in the CAF Awards”.

“I placed second behind one of the greatest African players, Samuel Eto’o, Drogba was third”.

“Being on (the stage) with these great legends, great giants, I still feel proud of myself and still feel great” he concluded.