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The striker’s return has delighted his national coach, arguing that "the great player" should not be condemned because "he has come to kill himself for Ghana"

Black Stars coach Kwesi Appiah cannot hide his joy following the return of striker Asamoah Gyan to the national team.

Appiah has described the Al Ain forward as “a very great player” whose services will be beneficial to Ghana ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) in South Africa.

“Asamoah is a very great player and it was unfortunate that he went off the team for some time,” the former Ghana international told the GNA.

“As he said, he wanted to rebuild his confidence and it is important that now that he is back, all Ghanaians should put their support behind him.”

The 26-year-old took a five-month hiatus from the national team after he came under severe public condemnation over his performance at the 2012 Afcon. He rescinded that decision last week and that has been hailed by the Ghana Football Association as a good move.

Coach Appiah has rallied support for his striker, adding the “Baby Jet” means well for the country.

He said: “As he said, he wanted to rebuild his confidence and it is important that now that he is back, all Ghanaian should put their support behind him.

“No matter what he has done, we need to put everything behind us and give him the full support needed. At the end of the day, he has come to kill himself for Ghana.”

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