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Gyan's absence will be disaster- Preko

Published on: 11 January 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Ex-international Yaw Preko fears the potential absence of Asamoah Gyan at the Nations Cup can derail Ghana's chances of winning the trophy.

The 24-year-old attacker is battling to be fully fit for the showpiece after he picked up a hamstring injury while playing for Al Ain.

He has been ruled out for three weeks, meaning he may not recover fully before the tournament start on January 21.

Fans are waiting anxiously as Serbian trainer Goran Stevanovic gets ready to name his final 23-man squad on Wednesday.

Preko insists his failure to recover in time will be disastrous.

He told Accra-based Happy FM: "To be very honest with you if Gyan fails to recover fully, we’re in trouble."

"He has been our best attacker ever since he broke into the Black Stars team with so much experience at his disposal.

"He's mentally tough and in going to such tournament, you need such players to win the cup. He is our man and his form at Al Ain bears ample testimony.

The Ghana Federation has insisted the UAE-based striker will not t be risked if he does not fully recover.

But the Sunderland loanee will take to traditional horse placenta treatment to get himself fit for the tournament.


This article has 8 comment(s), give your comment
  • kwabas says:
    January 11, 2012 05:32 am
    It upsets me when people post comments running GYAN down.Gyan's work rate when playing for cannot be quantified into percentace compared to playing for his proffessional team. Preko is absolutely spot on,if we loose Gyan, that will be a bad omen. Messi is a hat-trick world best but there's always been a genius barcelona messi and and an ordinary Argentina Messi whilst our Gyan is the opposite. That was the comment on sunderland fans lips when Ghana played THE THREE LIONS. I HOPE HE GETS WELL IN TIME.
  • Amponsah says:
    January 11, 2012 08:16 am
    Without Gyan, Ghana shd 4get the cup. That is de truth.
  • glory gideon says:
    January 11, 2012 08:36 am
    The placenta woman said she can make gyan fit in a week, so let's not worry. gyan wil win the best player of the tournament n the goal king award
  • Chris opoku SA. says:
    January 11, 2012 09:07 am
    God know's what is good for ghana. Im still saying lets continue praying Gyan will be fit even if he cannot play our first and second game he will be fully fit for the rest. For me, even if he's fit to play, i wish the coach can reserve him not to play first game and see the performance of who ever play Gyan's possition. Becos we need Gyan's experience and strenght if we make it and meet some countries like ivory coast nd senegal at least they will focus on Gyan and chance will open for other strikers to score goals. All the best BS
  • Fred Bortey Kyeremeh says:
    January 11, 2012 09:30 am
    Gyan is an important component of our team,no doubt about it.His presence(If he is fit) is a bonus for the team and will help in the attaining the aspirations of the nation. His absence,if he isn't fit enough cannot be a total disaster for the country. It is an undeniable fact that our success over the past few years in terms of goal scoring has been borne by this young gentleman. His absence will however pave way for us to discover a potential talent that can fit into our scheme of things. Let us not forget the injury crisis that we faced before the last tournament in Angola. Almost all our so-called established and reliable senior players had an injury or had another problem. Stephen Appiah,John Mensah,Michael Essien,John Paintsil,Sulley Muntari,Prince Tagoe were the notable first team players who could not make the trip.We lost hope and faith before the final list came out. Let us not forget the benefits we had from this challenge. The discovery of the likes of Agyeman Badu,Opoku Agyeman,Lee Addy,Isaac Vorsah,Samuel Inkoom,Dede Ayew etc. One will argue that these players were all members of the team before the tournament but it was at this time that they gained prominence in the team by virtue of the opportunity they had to defend the country on that big stage. Let us not see Gyan's injury as the end of the road for us. Let us concentrate and encourage the likes of Emml Baffoe,Derick Asamoah,Prince Tagoe and Jordan Ayew to do battle for us in Gyan's absence,whilst we pray and wish for his recovery. I maintain that, had the senior players mentioned earlier not gotten injured and had disciplinary issue(In the case of Muntari) before AFCON 2010,most of the young players of the current team would not have come this far in the Black Stars. Whether Gyan is fit or not,the Black Stars will play and it is the chance for another great player to be 'born' for mother Ghana. While we pray for Gyan's recovery,let us not forget that his absence will present the chance for us to find another great player to curb our over-reliance on this young man. Ghana for Gold,with or without Gyan.God bless GH.
  • Nii Quaye says:
    January 11, 2012 10:07 am
    Well said Fred Bortey kyeremeh.... Cudnt have said it any other way.
  • Promise.s.a says:
    January 11, 2012 10:08 am
    But peo,were calin 4 jordan so i dnt tink there's problm at all.
  • charlieB says:
    January 11, 2012 11:10 am
    hahahahahaha, a bit of karma for the mercenary!