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Gyan still useful to Ghana - Arhinful

2:56 am AEDT 21/11/17
Asamoah Gyan
The ex-Black Stars forward says the Kayserispor man remains an asset to the national team despite having been caught up by age

Former Ghana striker Augustine Arhinful believes veteran Black Stars frontman Asamoah Gyan still has a lot to offer the Black Stars amid calls for the centre-forward to bow out of the national outfit.

Gyan, 31, has been a key member of the Black Stars since making his international debut against Somalia in 2003.

He has represented Ghana at six Africa Cup of Nations tournaments and two Fifa World Cup events, but having missed the Black Stars' last five games due to injuries, calls have heightened for him to announce his retirement.

“I think Gyan is still important to this new-look Black Stars," Arhinful said on Kwese Free Sports.

"His experience alone is crucial to help these young players. 

"At his age and with the injuries, he may have to accept that he will not be starting games but just having him on the team is important. 

"After all, not every player who is invited to the Black Stars gets to play in a game, so even if he doesn’t play or play few minutes, it will be good."

Gyan holds an enviable record in Ghana colours.

Not only is he the historic scorer of Ghana's first ever goal at the World Cup but also Africa's highest scorer at the global showpiece with six goals.

At the Africa Cup of Nations, the striker holds Ghana's record for the most tournament appearances with outings between 2008 and 2017.

The Kayserispor frontman is, again, Ghana's joint-all-time scorer at the Afcon with eight goals.

He recently revealed plans to hang up his boots after the next Afcon in 2019.