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Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan named in 2013 AFCON best XI squad

Asamoah Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has been named in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations best XI squad.

The Al Ain striker failed to replicate his rich scoring form at club level where he netted 22 goals in the United Arab Emirates Etisalat League for the first half of the season. 

Gyan scored one goal in six matches but created several assists for his teammates, which was encouraging.

He was picked by CAF’s Technical Study Group to strike upfront with Nigeria’s Emmanuel Emenike who was joint top scorer with Mubarak Waso with four goals.

Winners Nigeria dominated the list with five players including Chelsea stars Mikel Obi and Victor Moses, goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama and Efe Ambrose.

The other players in this team include Burkina Faso central defender Bakary Kone, Cape Verde skipper Fernando Neves.

Rennes and Burkina Faso winger Jonathan Pitroipa, who was named the MVP of the 2013 Nations Cup, also earned a place in the line-up.

Mali captain Seydou Keita and Siaka Tiene of the Ivory Coast complete the list.

CAF XI: Vincent Enyeama-Bakary Koné, Nando Maria Neves, Efe Ambrose-Jonathan Pitroipa, Siaka Tiéné, Seydou Keita, John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses-Asamoah Gyan, Emmanuel Emenike.

Source: MTNFootball.com

READERS COMMENTS

  1. Union Leader says:

    No Zambian player is among the best eleven in Africa yet you people claim to be our rivals,what a disgrace! I know one thing about Zambia;they are a failed Nation and they will never achieve half of what Ghana has achieved,not in a 100 years. And as for Ghana,as long as we continue to leave our best players behind anytime we re going into a tournament such as this,its going to be impossible to win any trophy in the forseable future. Aa must go !Maxwell Konadu can do a much better job !

    • joe says:

      Zambia is not a failed state..go to school and learn what a failed state is.the so called afcon best eleven is better without your asamoah gyan.we dont have to be there because we never did well.atleast,we were called champs in the modern era and not the times when you were champs with two teams…be real.you are clapped brotheres.

  2. jk-sasraku says:

    Baah, does not deserve it

  3. jb says:

    THIS IS JOKE…I AM A GHANAIAN BUT I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THIS.. HE WAS THE WAKEST PLAYER ON THE BLACK STAR.. IF TRUE THEN THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG WITH THE AFCON AND IT SHOULD BE STOPPED

    • kwame-blz says:

      Nyantakyi did this to calm Ghanaians down the insults on his beloved money maker, the coaching stuff knew he underperformed the starting eleven but the chance came for the stuff and caf committee to nominate and they unanimously picked him to help themselves from taking lashes. Corrupt CAF/GFA.

  4. jb says:

    Ghana should exploit the immense talent of the gifted retired footballers like POLO, RAZAK, OSEI KOFI AND ABEDI PELE.. these guys should be involved.. Look at the L.A. LAKERS…Karim and others get involved in the development of the players…Polo is walking around unemployed and bitter.. he should be involved in player development with the BLack Stars…these guys should be the TECHNICAL AND SELECTION TEAM..

  5. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Tweaaaaaaaaaaa!! This nomination is BOGUS, he doesn’t deserve to be in the squad.

  6. vybz says:

    if gyan is among the top 11 of the competition then derek boateng should be there too…i dont see the difference bt this two….caf must be dissolved for this poor decision

  7. Troy says:

    Just at the Mention of this Asamoah Gyan name makes me wanna puke. He’s been causing the Teams Downfall all this while. And AA also gave him the Captain to make him an Automatic starter I wonder if he(Gyan) and Derek Boateng has been feeding this Coach Appiah with Gifts.

  8. Kwab says:

    Tweakai! Gyan is a complete joke. What kind of ‘top’ striker misses chances like he does? He thinks because he scores goals on semi-pro defenders in UAE that he can do it anywhere. We haven’t won anything with Gyan and we never will. Time to bring in some young, hungry strikers.

  9. Riquelme says:

    This caf selection is a joke.. Wht are d criteria used? Does Gyan played better than Brown ideye, Adebayor, Aristide bance and mbokani at this afcon?

    • Sam says:

      @Riquelme,why dont u go back and watch the games on utube and access each players performance. You people like to critise too much,whats wrong with u people, criticizing ur own how dumb is that,when we supposed to support a player on the no matter what, we turn to want his down fall so the put ur favourite player on the field, mean that ur favourite player even suck more than anyone. People were crying for clottey to replace Gyan, clotey came in those two games, ask ur self how did u even see him on ur screen with a ball, beside that over the bar play he made, hit the ball like he wanted to kill the goal kipper. Leave this guy alone after all hes not a bad player

  10. Why me says:

    Fellas why r worrying ur head?? Gyan is there because one thing that is the Jama,Kpalongo,the Azonto or formation dance leader

  11. Why me says:

    Iam sure caf might have selected Langabell(jama leader) too as well

  12. STUPID GHANAIAN says:

    Charcoal award winning and dancing fat booty Gyan is the worst joke. Anyway, that’s CAF for you!!!

  13. blakroze GH says:

    Naah I personally don’t believe this, cos what I saw on GTV yesterday was different, it included wakaso, boye and dauda…..so this is a joke….how long will we disgrace ourselves? Gyan? C’mon being 4th is bad enuff but to add insults to injury by putting onr of our worst performers in this list is just too much…..anyway of the record I couldn’t help but fully agree with this blogger………..”GHANA LOST:
    February 10th, 2013 at 10:59 am
    GHANA IS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL TREE
    THAT BEARS NO FRUIT
    GHANA IS LIKE AN IMPOTENT
    HANDSOME MAN
    GHANA IS LIKE A BARREN
    BEAUTIFUL WOMAN
    PLAYS GOOD FOOTBALL BUT
    CANNOT EVEN DELIVER A BRONZE.”

  14. deadman says:

    @ blackroze . . . D squard u saw with Wakaso, dauda n bance was d bench (best 2nd team)

  15. blakroze GH says:

    @deadman thanx for the correction but it’s still pathetic that a more treacherous man was not found in place of gyan…..anyway I’m glad we hit rock bottom now so we canquickly rise out of the ashes before the WC qualifies….”GOD BLESS OUR HOMELAND GHANA!!!” Cos we need it now more than ever

  16. Mojahadine says:

    This list is totally bull shit. Asamoah Gyan cannot be in this list for any reason. I believe he is in this list not for what he did in the AFCON but for his skills of yesteryears.

    The so called technical team I guess lack the technical skills themselve. I do not believe they watch most of Asamoah Gyan’s plays. If they did they would not even think about putting him on this list or any as one of the best strikers on the continent. If that is the case then Africa has a long way to go.

  17. MAN says:

    WHAT AT ALL IS WRONG WITH U GUYS….IS IT THAT U JUST HATE GYAN OR WHAT…THIS TIME AROUND, HE WAS NOT INVOLVE IN ANY ERROR GHANA DID YET ALL OF U ON HERE SEEMS TO BE TOO MUCH DUMP THAT U JUST AGAINST HIM….ARE U GUYS BETTER THAN CAF….THE FACT THAT U HATE HIM DAS NOT MAKE CAF HATE HIM TOO SO WHATSUP? GO AND BURN THEM SEE IF U LIKE IT OR NOT ….HE IS EVEN THE CAPTAIN FOR THE CAF 11…..IF GYAN SHOULD HAVE SCORED 9 PENALTIES AND SPOILED 1 U WOULD HAVE BEEN TALKING LIKE FOOLS…..BUT WAKASO IS A SAINT SO NO COMMENT…..IF U DONT AGREE WITH CAF….GO AND FUCK UR MOTHERS AT HOME….GYAN ALL THE WAY!!!

  18. MAN says:

    U FOOLSM, U JUST HATE GYAN FOR NOTHING WHILES HE IS BETTER THAN ANY ONE OF U GUYS OR UR FAMILY MEMBERS….ALL U KNOW IS HE SHOULD SCORE THATS ALL…..MESSI WON THE WORLD BEST IN 2010 WHILES HE WAS NOT EVEN ABLE TO HIT THE BAR OF THE POST IN SOUTH AFRICA 2010…..U ALL TALKING SHIT BCOS HE IS THE BEST THTS ALL….CLOTTEY CAME AND WAS NOT EVEN ABLE TO SCORE A PENALTY……SO TELL ME, WHO IS BETTER THAN GYAN….MAYBE YOUR FATHERS AT HOME FOOLS!!!

  19. thank says:

    caf is jux corrupted are dey tellin me gyan is betta da TRESOR MPUTU,MBOKANI,BANCE,DIABATE,ADEBAYOR……kai i spit on it

  20. coo says:

    Gyan is not even qualify to start for the worst team in the Ghana league.The earlier we Ghanaians wake up to realise how useless he is and find a replacement, the better it will be for the country.The guy is old and washed out and plays in one of the worst soccer leagues in the world.

  21. NABY says:

    USELESS STRIKER,PLAYING IN A SUB-STANDARD LEAGUE,SCORED A SINGLE GOAL OUT OF NINE CLEAR CUT CHANCES INCLUDING ME AND U’S,COMPLETE WASTE,HE NEVER SHOWED SERIOUSNESS AND THE HUNGER NEEDED IN THE PURSUIT OF THE ELUSIVE AFCON FLEECE

  22. Dee says:

    Alain Traore of B’Faso is pure class and contributed enormously in making the tourney a spectacle though he spent less minutes on the pitch. He should have made the list ahead of Gyan. I bet Gyan would himself be surprise @ CAF’s idiocy. Also I think Boye or the Nigeria Centre Backs should be ahead of Neves in spite of his inspirational show.

  23. kay says:

    His inclusion justifies the fact that this afcon had poor performance in general.

  24. boy says:

    if u guys will not stop criticising asamoah gyan to rather chear him in terms of encourageme
    nt, black stars wil never win a cup since he is the only striker we do have.Its so appauling to know that even those who criticise him do much worse things in their endervours.

  25. boy says:

    I THINK BY NOW ALL THOSE WHO CRITICISE GYAN WOULD HAVE SEEN REASONS TO DESIST FROM THAT, BUT IT SEEMS YOU HAVE DECIDED NOT TO REASON DESPITE ALL THAT HAPPENS.NO COMMENTS EVEN WHEN WAKASO COULDNT SCORE THE PENALTY TO INCREASE HIS TALLY.LIKEWISE YOUR SO CALLED STRIKER CLOTTEY WHO COULDNT GIVE PASS LET MORE SCORE THE PENALTY.WE HAVE ALL REALISE THAT YOU GUYS JUST HATE GYAN FOR NOTIN.PLEASE THOSE WHO THINK THEY RATHER HAVE SENSE SHOULD PLAN A WAY TO HELP THE STARS. PLEASE THINK WISELY.

  26. wambach says:

    Ghanaians fans, most of you are stupid. You said a lot of rubbish when the mighty Chipolopolo of Zambia lift the cup in 2012, claiming that it was by luck that Zambia did so.

    You see now, your dark stupid and uncircumcised black stars have gone nowhere in respect to the afcon 2013.

    Your boys were circumcised by the stallions, I liked the part when Gyan was hit on his manhood. he reacted in a like manner i predicted that “your boys will this afternoon be circumcised”. At penalty taking, I could hardly hold my laughter as i saw those dark stars kick wide the goal post like someone with rickets. Maybe that was a result of having been circumcised and legs where spread.

    Ghanaians, you went to an extent of bribing caf officials to favour your team during the Burkina faso and mali games, you idiots. Your bribing did not work. hahahahahaha

    Ghana team is a sh…it. Appiah should be dissmissed immediatly while that wrinkled-faced Gyan must ordered to take leave. Wakaso ‘s lips must be made short, coz he keeps throwing loose saliva on his mates.

    Brace yourselves for a humiliating torture at kumasi as the Mighty Chipolopolo will be there to white wash you fools. If you think you can go to Brazil for the World Cup, this is the time to think twice and factor in Zambia in your equation, becoz Zambia will stop at nothing to ensure its entry to Brazil come 2014.

    Chipolopoplo go go Zambia

  27. ARCHIE M. LUO says:

    The sun cannot shine all day long . Ghana will someday prove themselves.