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Asamoah Gyan is now as influential as iconic Didier Drogba, says ex-Ghana captain CK Akunnor

Published on: 20 March 2014
Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan

By Rahman Osman

Ex Ghana captain CK Akunnor has likened the influence of Asamoah Gyan for both club and country to that of iconic Ivorian star Didier Drogba.

The Black Stars captain ace has been consistent in his scoring form since moving to the UAE to join Al Ain in 2011.

Gyan has scored an incredible 71 goals in 59 appearances for the UAE giants.

His astonishing club form has filtered through to the national team where he is now just a goal shy of equalling the record of the all-time leading scorer for the Black Stars jointly held by Edward Acquah and Kwesi Owusu.

And former Ghana captain CK Akunnor believes Asamoah Gyan has evolved to be as influential for both club and more importantly for country just like Ivorian star Didier Drogba.

"Asamoah is a player I watched grow with so much pleasure and pride,” Akunnor told

"His leadership qualities are there for all to see and his influence on the team is like that of Didier Drogba on the Ivorian team.

"His form is imperious with the (Black) Stars and will again play a key role if we are to have a good World Cup campaign.”

Gyan will be leading Ghana in its third successive appearance at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Black Stars are drawn in Group G alongside Germany, Portugal and USA.

(Do you think Asamoah Gyan is as iconic as Didier Drogba? Make your views known in the box below:)


This article has 12 comment(s), give your comment
  • bawah says:
    March 20, 2014 08:15 am
  • Nana B says:
    March 20, 2014 08:36 am
    bawah ask yoursself how many goals did drogba score in China? Gyan is super fantabulous, he did it in Ghana, in Italy, in France, in England and now in Asia, he will do it in South America too. Kudos Akonnor you have said it well.
  • Divaro says:
    March 20, 2014 10:38 am
    @bawah, take your time and understand the article. CK is not likening their 'player quality' he is likening their 'influence on the national team' and that is a fact. Don't let hatred for Gyan blindfold you from understanding simple English. Let's learn to appreciate our own and not always jump to criticise
  • keith from germany says:
    March 20, 2014 12:03 pm
    Bro sam va thank you for your honesty but i have to say i still stand by my view. I would also have loved to see gyan even in belgium than Uae but bro that is his decision.he knows the best for himself. And talkin about the african footballer of the year you n i kno that Caf always favours the french speaking countries. 2010 was Asamoahs gyans year but eto'o won it. Okay he played an infuential role by helping inter milan win the champions league and that was it. In that year cameroon had a bad afcon as well asa horrible worldcup campaign. Upon all the africans that participated in the worldcup gyan was the most outstanding african player not even etoo or drogba did anything. Gyan carried the whole of african on his shoulders.etoo has already won the african player of the year three times. Talking abt the african player of the year the same thing happen to sammy kuffour who won the champions with bayern münchen in paris against valencia. But eventhoufh im not disrespecting El hadj ossenou diouf's achievement,diouf won just because majority of those voting are franco-fon africans. For the last 7 years when has an anglo fon african won the african player of the year? Gyan is a living legend and i support him in everything he does
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    March 20, 2014 12:22 pm
    Asamoah-Gyan plays football not because he was forced to! His love for the game made him turn professional! As a professional, you also have to weigh your gains or "profit" in whatever you are doing! For country and club he has been delivering and he is doing this with much pleasure and satisfaction! This is very important for his wellbeing and state of mind and soul! Like Keith said ; "Asamoah gyan has got nothing to prove anymore.Everywhere he was he banged in the goals.".He felt he has achieved enough as far as his development as a player is concerned, but needs to "top" it with some more money!That is why he is at where he is now.AT LEAST HE HAS STILL REMAINED A TOP PLAYER !
  • Benito says:
    March 20, 2014 12:57 pm
    Keith I disagree with you saying money is is not everything I believe that a player can best develop his/her career by opting to for lesser known teams where you can play all the time and puts a player in fantastic form.if you follow money and big team you warm the bench and nobody knows about you Good name is better than riches so come again,Keith.
  • keith from germany says:
    March 20, 2014 01:22 pm
    Thank you bro benito for your excellent Comment. You are right by saying money aint everything in life but in soccer affairs money is something. Look at how many players suffer after their careers. Playing in europe dont make u automatically a reach person. There are many ghanains playing in europe for a monthly salary of 15,000 or 20,000$ a month. These players are bread winners of a whole entire family including mother,father,wife,uncle,aunty
  • keith from germany says:
    March 20, 2014 11:02 am
    Asamoah gyan has got nothing to prove anymore. Everywhere he was he banged in the goals. As bro Nana b said he scored everywhere he was. That is a mark of a good striker. In life everything is about money so gyan made the right decision by join Al-ain club. Make hay while the sun first i was a lil bit irritated and confused when i heard of his move to the Emirates. But now i know that baby jet has taken the right decision. Most of us here are hypocrites.if you get a new job where the pay is 5 times better than your current job,wont u move for the well paid job. Its about time we stop this hypocrisy
  • Onyx says:
    March 20, 2014 11:29 am
    You are right Keith, I just dont understand Ghanaians sometimes, we talk too much, its amazing how we cant read between the lines, Gyan has proved it all, what else do we want, Dude is in his prime and made the right move to the emirates, besides he scores for both country and club, so what'a all these ruckus.
  • sam va says:
    March 20, 2014 11:38 am
    Keith from Germany I have agreed with you on most of your comments but not on this one especially the second part of your comments .Financially yes he made the right choice but when it comes to his overall development as a player UAE is not the place to settle.As a person I would be excited to watch my captain play where I can easily turn on my tv and watch him like in the premiership, serie a, or the bundesliga but not only rely on to tell me about his exploits.Same applies to the the comparison you made, I would settle for a job that would help my overall development as a worker than one than pays good put without any opportunities for growth.He is a good player but he could have been better playing in Europe.
  • Mumbi says:
    March 20, 2014 11:41 am
    Asamumu Gyan cant be compared to Drogba. He has not reached Drogba's level. The problem with u gaynaians is day dreaming, i can guess u even musterbate during the day.
  • sam va says:
    March 20, 2014 11:49 am
    And when I talk about growth, I mean winning the african footballer of the year, champions League etc. These achievements can only be possible if you play in Europe.