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UAE-giants Al Ain offer to help Asamoah Gyan after jet ski accident kills his friend

Published on: 08 July 2014
Gyan and Castro were close friends and were on holiday

UAE giants Al Ain are worried over the welfare of their Ghanaian striker Asamoah Gyan after he was involved in an accident that looks to have claimed the life of his musician friend Castro, can exclusively reveal.

The striker has received several frantic phone calls from managers of the Al Ain-based side since the accident occurred in his native Ghana while he was on holiday on Sunday.

Gyan “cheated death” but the jet-ski accident looks to have claimed the lives of his two friends on the Volta Lake near the Ada Estuary.

Search is still underway to find the bodies of the two but Al Ain are keen to offer help to their biggest player.

Hopes of finding Castro alive are fading fast as it has been more than 36 hours since he was reported missing.

Club officials have offered to help Gyan overcome the trauma of losing his friend Castro but the Ghana international insists he must stay in Ada until the body of his friend Castro is found.

The 28-year-old Black Stars captain, who has just returned from national team duty with Ghana at the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil, was holidaying with a group of friends at the weekend when a female friend fell off a jet ski.

Gyan’s musician friend Theophilus Tagoe, known as Castro, reportedly jumped into the water to save the unnamed woman but both Tagoe and the woman are believed to have drowned.

Neither of the deceased were thought to be wearing life jackets.

From mixed reports it is unclear if Gyan, his elder brother Baffour and business manager Samuel Anim Addo, were on one of five jet skis hired by the group at the time of the accident, or playing volleyball on a nearby beach.

Tagoe was said to have been a childhood friend of Gyan, who was instrumental in nurturing the footballer’s music career.

Gyan, known by his stage name ‘Baby Jet’ and Tagoe have been credited with award-winning rap duets such as ‘African Girls’ and ‘Odo Pa’, which won the Highlife Song of the Year at the 2014 Vodafone Ghana Music Awards in May.

Both Gyan and Tagoe performed ‘Odo Pa’ at a farewell dinner hosted by President John Mahama at the Banquet Hall of the State House ahead of the Ghanaian national team’s departure for the World Cup in Brazil last month.

Ghana were eliminated in the group stages of the World Cup following a 2-1 defeats to the USA and Portugal either side of a 2-2 draw with Germany. Gyan has been the UAE league’s top scorer for three consecutive seasons since he joined from English Premier League Sunderland in 2011.


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