By Ameenu Shardow
Chief Executive of the Asamoah Gyan Foundation Samuel Anim-Addo has described the challenge to Asamoah Gyanâ€™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.
Gyanâ€™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 Gyanâ€™s new record is in error despite failing to provide ample proof of it.
Yeboahâ€™s latest research work saw Abedi Peleâ€™s 33 goal record slashed down to 19 with 202 games taken into consideration between 1981 and 1998 â€“ the active period of the three-time African Player of the Year.
According to Freeman, with Abedi Peleâ€™s record â€“ the basis upon which Gyan has now overtaken to become the nationâ€™s all-time leading scorer in error, the Al Ain man cannot be deemed as such.
He also adds he will be providing â€˜further and better particularsâ€™ in the coming days to back his claim.
Football historian James Oyedeji has also discredited Gyanâ€™s new record â€“ 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 Gyanâ€™s record is baseless in so far as there is no concrete proof to back the claim.
â€œFreeman 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,â€ he told GHANAsoccernet.com.
â€œAll the basis for his analysis were centered around Peleâ€™s record and not Asamoah Gyan.
â€œHe is saying on one hand that Asamoah Gyan is not the record holder but failed to give ample evidence to proof as such.
â€œAll 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.
â€œIf 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 Gyanâ€™s record.â€