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Football | Ghana

Gyan, Waris pledge local league bow



The prospect of finishing their careers back home in the local league that is gaining currency with Ghana's national team players. In the past week, Abdul Majeed Waris and Asamoah Gyan have both made their intentions to play at home before hanging their boots known.

For the Spartak Moscow striker, who scored his first international goal for the Black Stars in their 4-0 win over Sudan in a 2014 World Cup qualifier a week ago, it would be a chance to make the local game a bit more quality.

"I have not watched many matches in the local league. I think our local league is good but could be improved. Football evolves every day and so things need to be added to improve the league from time to time," Waris said.

He was the top scorer in the Swedish premiership, where he scored 23 goals in 29 games before moving to Russia. "I have never played in our local league before, so I would like to contribute when I am close to ending my career."

Set to become a Black Stars legend, Asamoah Gyan has also said he will return to the local game before he bids football farewell in future. But he went a step further to pledge who he will play for.

"I will definitely return one day to the Ghana Premier League where I will play for no other club than Asante Kotoko," Gyan said in an interview in Kumasi.

Having played for Udinese in Italy, Rennes in France and Sunderland in England, the UAE-based forward Gyan has been featuring outside Ghana for almost ten years.

"I have and always been a big fan of Kotoko and always willing the club to win games and trophies. So I want to make it clear to everyone that Asamoah Gyan will play for Kotoko upon his return to the Ghana Premier League, no two ways about that," he said.

The 27-year-old's elder brother, Baffour, also played for the Porcupines before he hung his boots.

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