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Football | Ghana

Gyan explains 'sacrificial' role



Ghana's star striker Asamoah Gyan has attributed his failure to score any goal at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations to sacrifices he is making as the skipper to ensure the success of the team.

"I am not thinking about scoring now, I'm thinking about sacrificing for the team," Gyan, who has gone two games without scoring, told the Ghana FA's website.

"As a leader, I have done a lot for the country and it's now time for me to sacrifice for the team," he added.

"Anytime we are playing, you can see two defenders on me so I have to just sacrifice for the team."

The Al Ain star is however in no doubt that when he does get his chance he will be clinical.

"When I get the opportunity to score, it will be there," said Gyan confidently. "Although people were criticising (me) for missing a couple of chances, I didn't miss a couple of chances."

The captain is leading his country into a major tournament for the first time, and he himself is not far from making history as he is only five goals behind Ghana's all time top scorer, Abedi Pele.

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