Nevertheless, Gyan was one of the vilified gamers through the event, having been focused by the house followers for his wastefulness in entrance of aim.
The criticisms had been so extreme that the striker, then simply 22, deliberate to go away camp along with his senior brother, Baffour Gyan, after Ghana’s second group recreation towards Namibia.
Nevertheless, it took the intervention of then-President John Agyekum Kufour for him to rescind his resolution.
Fifteen years on from that incident, Gyan has revealed that he determined to go away camp as a result of his mum couldn’t deal with the abuse from aggrieved followers.
“My mum referred to as me whereas I used to be in camp and she or he was crying, so I received indignant and determined to not play anymore,” he informed Dan Kwaku Yeboah in an interview on YouTube.
“The crew was staying on the Fiesta Royale Lodge and our ex-President Kufuor was at African Regent Lodge, however he drove with all of the sirens all the way in which to speak to me. He was an enormous fan of mine however we hadn’t met earlier than that day.
“I had a one-on-one chat with him. I received to know he likes me very a lot. To this point, we nonetheless have an excellent relationship.”
The previous Sunderland striker additionally acknowledged that being patriotic meant he at all times selected the nationwide crew over every thing else.
The 37-year-old performed for the Black Stars for a decade and a half, turning into his nation’s all-time high scorer with 51 objectives.
He’s additionally Ghana’s second most-capped participant, having performed 109 occasions throughout totally different tournaments and friendlies.
Opening up on his love for his nation, Gyan mentioned he selected to play for Ghana over signing for Manchester Metropolis in 2008.
He defined that the Premier League facet wished to signal him that 12 months however moved on to signal Emmanuel Adebayor when he informed them he wished to play for Ghana on the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
Will probably be recalled that Ghana hosted the AFCON in 2008, with the Black Stars happening to complete third within the event.
“I at all times say I’m very patriotic. On the time Sheik Mansour had freshly purchased Man Metropolis and so they wished to signal me.
“However I had the nationwide crew at coronary heart. I selected the nationwide crew over every thing. That’s why some issues ache me.
“Folks didn’t perceive. However I’m certain after this interview they’ll perceive why issues panned out that approach,” he added.