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Challenges to Asamoah Gyan's goalscoring record are baseless - Anim-Addo

Published on: 11 June 2013
Asamoah Gyan's Ghana record is being challenged

By Ameenu Shardow

Chief Executive of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation Samuel Anim-Addo has described the challenge to Asamoah Gyan’s record as the all-time leading scorer of the Black Stars as baseless.

The Ghana captain scored his 33rd and 34th goal for the Black Stars in the 3-1 win over Sudan in the 2014 World Cup qualifier last Friday.

Gyan’s brace in Omdurman takes him above Abedi Pele who was noted in available records as the all-time leading scorer of the side with 33 goals.

But researcher Thomas Freeman Yeboah in one of his works insists Asamoah Gyan’s new record is in error despite failing to provide ample proof of it.

Yeboah’s latest research work saw Abedi Pele’s 33 goal record slashed down to 19 with 202 games taken into consideration between 1981 and 1998 – the active period of the three-time African Player of the Year.

According to Freeman, with Abedi Pele’s record – the basis upon which Gyan has now overtaken to become the nation’s all-time leading scorer in error, the Al Ain man cannot be deemed as such.

He also adds he will be providing ‘further and better particulars’ in the coming days to back his claim.

Samuel Anim-Addo with Asamoah Gyan

Football historian James Oyedeji has also discredited Gyan’s new record – insisting the likes of Baba Yara and Edward Aquah scored in excess of 50 goals even though there is no available record to back his claim.

But the CEO of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation; Anim-Addo says any challenge of Gyan’s record is baseless in so far as there is no concrete proof to back the claim.

“Freeman Yeboah might have succeeded in revealing Abedi Pele is actually not the all-time leading scorer of the Black Stars but that is all to it,” he told

“All the basis for his analysis were centered around Pele’s record and not Asamoah Gyan.

“He is saying on one hand that Asamoah Gyan is not the record holder but failed to give ample evidence to proof as such.

“All we know for know, per the records at FIFA and the GFA is that Asamoah Gyan is now the all-time leading scorer of the Black Stars and therefore that ends this debate.

“If he (Freeman Yeboah) has any proof against this, he should come out with them rather than hide behind a research done on another individual to discredit Gyan’s record.”


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • Pk says:
    June 11, 2013 02:35 pm
    Oh pls anim addo lets us be we all noe u and ur likes the type of stomach works nd journalism u guys have been doin y wont u dispute the fact the ur boss is nt the all time goal scorer hu would lie against the source of his living
  • ayialolo says:
    June 11, 2013 03:45 pm
    i love this developments. it shows that we'r growing up will therefore take record issues seriously
  • Kwame says:
    June 11, 2013 03:58 pm
    Am at a loss, after freeman yeboah's disclosure where he gave his source, i also visited that site and infact can to a large extent agree with freeman yeboah that indeed Abedi did not score 33tyms for ghana but baby jets record of 34 goals is not in doubt so what is he freeman yeboah saying? That becuase abedi did not score 33 goals therefore asamoah have not scored 34 goals or what? This record from 1950 t0 2006 after we were scored three by brazil is what is availaiable at the site and we had scored about 762 goals as a country in all football played during the period. Until anyone come to prove that any other ghanaian has scored more than 34 goals for us then asamoah remains or top scorere in all football matches. Freeman Yeboah we are all waiting for your further and better particulars at the supreme court.
  • Collinto papa says:
    June 11, 2013 04:27 pm
    Master Anim or whatever let the historians and the active football journalist talk and stop your stomach politics. Go and find a work to do and stop following footballers because of your stomach. Why always disagree with people on matter not in favor of Gyan? why? OMG.
  • Dr Who says:
    June 11, 2013 04:30 pm
    Whether Pele scored 33 or not has nothing to do with Gyans goals....I put it to anyone that until we are able to prove that someone has scored more,Gyan remains the highest scorer of the Black Stars!
  • YY says:
    June 11, 2013 09:04 pm
    I smell mischief in Freeman's so called revelation. Why is he challenging Abedi's record at this material moment when Asamoah Gyan just broke the record. Is Freeman saying he just got to know of Abedi's record. The timing of this whole Freeman issue makes his motive appear questionable. I will only believe Freeman and his cohorts on this occasion if he can publish a detailed tabulated goals per match scored by Abedi since 1981 when Abedi joined the Black Stars to prove his claim. From my own personal records Abedi scored more than 30 GOALS for the Black Stars. And those who are saying some other players scored 50 goals, do they have the records to prove their claim? If they don't then let them keep quiet.
  • Adams says:
    June 11, 2013 09:27 pm
    Pls let encourage the players raither than insult.
  • Adams says:
    June 11, 2013 09:27 pm
    Pls let encourage the players raither than insult.