By Patrick Akoto
Ghana defender Jerry Akaminko has issued an SOS call on Asamoah Gyan to return to the Black Stars for their next qualifiers.
The 26-year-old striker is on self-imposed leave after coming in for heavy criticism in the aftermath of the team’s failure to win the 2012 African Cup of Nation held in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
The attacker was left frustrated after he suffered massive verbal abuse following his semi-final miss against eventual winners Zambia at the biannual showpiece.
The Sunderland man has reiterated his desire to return to the team when he is physiologically fit.
But Akaminko who played for Turkish relegated side Manisaspor has made a passionate appeal to the ex-Rennes forward to come out of retirement to aid their World Cup qualifying campaign.
“We need him. It is as simple as that. The team will help him to recover from what he went through,” Akaminko told Accra-based Happy FM
“I believe he should forget about everything. We’re here to support him so he can continue to lead our attack and score the goals for us.
“We need him urgently to be honest with you. He is an important player for the team whether someone like it or not,”
Talks of Gyan’s potential return to the Black Stars has been re-ignited after the team lost 1-0 to the African Champions in the second group match of the 2014 World Cup qualifier on June 9.