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Gyan runs the rule over his 50 Ghana goals

9:20 PM GMT+8 14/06/2017
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The Black Stars captain picks the standout of his 50 international goals

On Sunday, Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan joined the list of elite men to have hit 50 goals for their national teams in Africa.

The 31-year-old, who made his international debut in a World Cup qualifier against Somalia in 2003, scored the opener as the Black Stars thrashed Ethiopia 5-0 in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The Al Ahli striker, who now joins the likes of Cameroon's Samuel Eto'o, Didier Drogba of Cote d'Ivoire, Zambia's Godfrey Chitalu and Hossam Hassan of Egypt, picks his standout strike of the lot.

"I will say my first goal for the national team in 2003 against Somalia. That was my debut goal for my Black Stars career," Gyan told Starrsportsgh.

"Although I’ve scored a lot of amazing and important goals for the national team, I always remember my first goal.

"I will never forget that day – I came on as a sub, got a goal and we won by five goals to nil, just like [against Ethiopia]. It’s a day I will never forget."

Gyan was then reminded of his amazing strike against Czech Republic at the 2006 World Cup. 

The goal was not only his first at the global showpiece but Ghana's first ever strike at the World Cup.

Still, he refuses to budge.

"I know [about the Czech goal," Gyan said. 

"The Somalia goal was the beginning of my Black Stars career.

"I scored my first goal in my first game. We won 5-0 and on my 50th goal, we won by five goals again.

"I will say my first goal [remains] special, for me."

 

Gyan has made 103 appearances for the Black Stars.