By Patrick Akoto
Asamoah Gyan will arrive in Ghana on Thursday for two important engagements – to attend the funeral of his late mum and also play in the 2014 World Cup qualifier against Sudan.
The Ghanaian captain saw full action for Al Ain in their 2-0 defeat at Esteghlal in the Asian Champions League on Wednesday.
The 27-year-old will be in the company of top officials of the UAE-Pro League champions who are expected to mourn with their bereaved captain this weekend.
Mrs Cecilia Love Amoako Gyan died in November last year through a painful motor accident.
She will be laid in state at her Gbawe residence on Friday March 15 which will be followed by burial service at the St Stephens Methodist Church, New Gbawe in a ceremony which will be attended by high-profile personalities including Ghana President John Dramani Mahama, ex-President John Agyekum Kuffuor and opposition New Patriotic Leader Nana Akuffo Addo.
She will then be flown to her hometown of Mamponteng in the Ashanti Region for final interment on Saturday.
Gyan will then join his Black Stars teammates on Tuesday 19th March in Kumasi for the crucial World Cup qualifier against the Nile crocodile.
His leadership qualities will be required to drive the team to success at the Baba Yara stadium.