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Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu doubtful for Ghana v Egypt – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Asamoah Gyan, Christian Atsu doubtful for Ghana v Egypt

Basem Morsy of Egypt (L) in action against Christian Atsu of Ghana

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Nov 09, 2017. 15:30


Ghana have been dealt two blows ahead of their 2018 World Cup qualifier against Egypt this weekend after both Asamoah Gyan and Christian Atsu limped out of training yesterday.

Atsu missed Tuesday’s training session and was forced to withdraw from Wednesday’s workout as concern over his reported thigh strain increased.

Black Stars team doctors will continue to assess the player ahead of the match against Egypt in Kumasi on Sunday.

Gyan also withdrew from Wednesday’s training with a suspected thigh problem, and he will be assessed in Accra today.

The veteran striker has battled against repeated injuries throughout the last couple of years of his career and is now a major doubt for the clash against the Pharaohs.

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Asamoah Gyan thankful for maiden Super Lig goal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 31, 2017. 17:00


Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has expressed his gratitude and relief at having scored his first Turkish Super Lig goal.

The Black Stars attacker came off the bench to score an injury-time equaliser in Kayserispor’s 3-3 draw away to giants Fenerbahce on Monday night.

It was Gyan’s first in the Turkish top flight league and follows on from a strike in Kayserispor’s 2-1 away win over Yesil Bursa in the domestic cup competition last midweek.

Gyan took to his official Twitter page to express his thanks and emphasise the team effort needed to claim a point in Istanbul.

“Lord I thank you…couldn’t have been any special moment.. the time…massive team effort and support..we did this together @KayserisporFK,” the Ghana star posted.

Monday night’s result sees Kayserispor placed fourth on the Super Lig log with 18 points from 10 matches, five points adrift of leaders Galatasaray.

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Asamoah Gyan set for return to action today

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 12:00


Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is set to return from injury later today when his Turkish team Kayserispor face Kademir Karabukspor in the Super Lig.

GHANASoccernet reports that the veteran striker was pictured in full training for the team on Friday and is set to play some part in the match which kicks-off at 13h00 CAT at the Dr Necmettin Seyhoglu Stadium.

Gyan has not played for his club since suffering an injury in Ghana’s 2018 World Cup qualifier at home to Congo in September.

Kayserispor coach Marius Sumudica is keen to field the Black Stars striker in the encounter.

The club’s joint top scorer, Sebastian Varela, could miss the clash despite returning to training this week, while the pair of Oleksandr Kucher and Ryan Mendes are doubtful after picking up knocks on international duty.

Kayserispor are third on the Turkish top flight standings with 14 points after seven matches.

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Asamoah to Galatasaray back on in January – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Asamoah to Galatasaray back on in January

Kwadwo Asamoah celebrates with Gonzalo Higuain

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 15:00


Juventus’ Ghanaian Kwadwo Asamoah will have another chance to sign for Galatasaray when the transfer window opens in January 2018.

The versatile midfielder almost completed the move to Istanbul in the European summer, but the two clubs failed to agree on a transfer fee.

Asamoah is set to be out of contract at Juve from midway through next year and the Italian side will green light a transfer in the winter window.

The Black Stars veteran is no longer a regular in the first XI and is keen on a move to ensure he sees more playing time.

“In the end Juventus didn’t want to let him go,” Galatasaray chairman Dursun Ozbek told Fanatik.

“We already had an agreement with Asamoah, and we’ll repeat our offer during the winter transfer window.”

Asamoah has been on Juve’s books since joining from Udinese in 2012.

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Asamoah Gyan: I am not done

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Wednesday Sep 13, 2017. 20:30


Ghana international Asamoah Gyan is not prepared to throw in the towel on his career just yet, with the forward confident that he still has a lot to offer the Black Stars.

The former Sunderland forward has struggled for form in the Black Stars jumper of late, with critics suggesting that it might be time that he hang up his international boots.

The 31-year-old, though, is confident that he still has a lot to offer the Ghanaian national team.

“The past three years have been very difficult, fitness-wise,” Gyan told KweseESPN.

“I try to use my experience to do a lot of things. Somebody will say, ‘he is done,’ but I am not done. It is just the circumstances.”

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Injuries has played it’s cruel hand in slowing down Gyan’s progress in recent times, but the forward is confident that he has contributed sufficiently to Ghana’s cause – and hopes to continue doing just that…

“I started playing for this team in 2003 and I have made my mark.

“I have been around for a long time. When the Black Stars are playing, everyone expects me to score, which is normal,” Gyan concluded.

Considering he has scored 51 goals in 105 games for Ghana, one can forgive him – an African legend in his own true right – for showing signs of fatigue.

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Juve undecided on Asamoah sale – Galatasaray president – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 17, 2017. 17:00


Juventus are undecided over whether to sell Kwadwo Asamoah to Galatasaray, according to the Turkish club’s president Dursun Ozbek.

The Ghana veteran has been strongly linked with a move to Istanbul, where it is believed he will see more playing time than he has managed at Juve for the past couple of seasons.

However, when speaking to NTV about Asamoah, Ozbek said: “Galatasaray SK have initiatives for the Ghanaian player whilst Juventus are undecided.”

Asamoah has become more of a ‘squad’ player than a first-team regular at the Italian champions, having battled against a series of injuries in the past two years.

Yet with Juventus having sold Mario Lemina and Tomas Rincon, the Ghanaian’s presence may still be required by coach Max Allegri, hence their indecision over a sale.

The versatile Black Stars player joined the Turin club from Udinese on 2012 and has helped them win five consecutive Serie A titles.

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Asamoah Gyan’s Kayserispor suffer heavy defeat – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Asamoah Gyan’s Kayserispor suffer heavy defeat

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana challenged by Mohamed Elneny of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 15, 2017. 19:00


Asamoah Gyan’s Kayserispor were handed a heavy defeat in their opening match of the 2017/18 Turkish Super Lig on Monday night.

The Black Stars skipper made his official debut in the final fixture of the first round, as Kayserispor took on Istanbul giants Galatasaray at the Turk Telecom Stadium.

Gyan had an injury scare in the warm-up to the match, but was cleared to remain in the starting XI for Marius Sumudica’s side.

Gala dominated the clash and ran away with a 4-1 victory thanks to goals from Tolga Cigerci, Moroccan Younes Belhanda and a brace by Bafetimbi Gomis. Kayserispor’s consolation goal was netted by Levent Gulen.

Gyan played 71 minutes of the match before he was replaced by Geofrey Mujangi Bia.

The result sees Gala at the top of the log thanks to goal difference, while Kayserispor are placed last.

Gyan and his team will hope for an improved performance when they host Goztepe for their second match on Sunday, August 20.

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Galatasaray clash excites Asamoah Gyan – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Galatasaray clash excites Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana celebrates

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 17:00


Asamoah Gyan says he is looking forward to making his Turkish Super Lig debut when Kayserispor tackle Galatasaray on Monday.

Gyan, who joined Kayserispor on a two-year deal last month, has scored three goals in preseason to hint at the danger he will pose in the 2017/18 campaign.

The 31-year-old admits he has a high regard for Istanbul giants Galatasaray, but has warned them that his side should not be taken lightly.

“Since I first came to Kayseri, there have been a lot of interest in me and my colleagues,” he told Dogan News Agency, as quoted by GHANASoccernet.

“I know that Galatasaray is a great team and it will be a tough match. But nobody should see us as a small team.

“Because football is 90 minutes. Anything can happen, the result will be announced after 90 minutes and so we’ll see.”

The teams will meet at the Turk Telecom Stadium in Istanbul on Monday.

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Kwadwo Asamoah set for Galatasaray switch? – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

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Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 16:00


Juventus and Ghana midfielder Kwadwo Asamoah could be set for a transfer to Galatasaray, according to media reports in Turkey.

The 28-year-old Black Stars veteran has been linked with a move away from the Italian champions, having lost his place as a regular in their starting XI.

The former Udinese midfielder is said to be keen on a switch to the Turkish capital Istanbul and has requested that Juve allow him to leave.

Gala are prepared to offer €9-million for the versatile West African but Juventus are reportedly holding out for €12-million.

Should Asamoah complete the move, he will join fellow Ghanaians Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, Jerry Akaminko, John Boye and Asamoah Gyan in the Turkish Superlig.

Asamoah’s contract with Juventus runs until the end of the 2017/18 season.

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Turkey’s Kayserispor sign Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

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Turkey’s Kayserispor sign Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan of Ghana challenged by Ali Gabr of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 06, 2017. 16:00


Turkish club Kayserispor have signed Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan on a two-year contract.

The Black Stars captain joins from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG, having spent last season on loan at United Arab Emirates club Al Ahli.

The transfer will see Gyan return to Europe for the first time since 2012, having spent the last five years in Asian football.

“Our President, Dr Erol Bedir has reached personal terms with world famous footballer Asamoah Gyan to join Kayserispor,” read an official statement from the club.

“We have agreed a two-year deal with an option of addition one year with the Ghanaian.”

Kayserispor will hope Gyan’s arrival helps them rise up the Super Lig table, with the club having finished just above the relegation zone in the last two years.

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