Addae-Mensah: Why Gyan is the greatest Ghanaian player of all-time
Thursday Jul 12, 2018. 17:00
Databank Chief Executive Officer Kojo Addae-Mensah has explained why Asamoah Gyan is arguably the greatest Ghanaian player of all time.
The 32-year-old striker overtook Cameroon football legend Roger Miller as Africa’s top scorer in FIFA World Cup history after he scoring in Ghana’s 2-1 defeat to Portugal during the 2014 tournament in Brazil – a goal that took his tally to six from three tournaments.
Addae-Mensah stated that Gyan’s record in the tournament gives him edge over any other Ghanaian players to have played football.
“It’s a mental issue. We are one of the most gifted people on earth when it comes to football but we have a mental issue and it baffles me because these boys are all playing in Europe,” Addae-Mensah told Happy FM.
“All of them especially our West African neighbours Nigerians and Senegal. All the players play in Europe, there is no single player who plies his trade in Africa and when you are in Europe your mentality is positive. I don’t know if their minds change whenever their plane land on the African continent or what we call African mentality, what is that?
“Our mental strength is poor, Senegal’s own was poorer even though they were eliminated via the fair play rule same as Nigeria. Look at the Nigerian team, they are all playing in Europe but they have mental issues. I don’t get it and I hope now people will be respecting my view that Asamoah Gyan is probably and arguably the greatest Ghanaian player of all time.”
“Three World Cups, how many goals has he scored…to score a goal at the World Cup is no easy job. When the players are playing in Europe, you will see them differently, look at someone like Fernandinho, what did he do, he did virtually nothing at the World Cup stage but he is a different player altogether for Manchester City in the English Premier League.”
Gyan and his Ghana team-mates failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals which is currently ongoing in Russia.