Asamoah Gyan lands in Cameroon for 2021 Afcon draw; Ghana in pot 2

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The country’s all-time top striker has landed in Cameroon’s capital ahead of the draw for the 2021 African Cup of Nations to he staged next year

Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has arrived in Cameroon for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations draw which will be held in Yaounde on Monday.

The 34-year-old, who currently plays for Ghana Premier League side Legon Cities, has retired from international football but he was invited bu Confederation of African Football (CAF) to grace the occasion alongside other legends from the qualified countries. As at Sunday evening, former Ivorian defender Didier Sokora was also around preparing for the occasion.

Ghana have been placed in Pot 2 together with Egypt, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso and Guinea while hosts Cameroon, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Morocco and Nigeria make up the seeded countries in Pot A.

Black Stars head coach C.K Akonnor and Ghana FA president Kurt Okraku are also expected to grace the occasion to know the opponents the country will face and start preparations from there.

Gyan was spotted in Cameroon with Nigerian and BBC journalist Mimi Fawaz who will be the co-host for the event. The former Sunderland represented Ghana at seven Africa Cup of Nations tournaments with the maiden one in 2006 held in Egypt.

Gyan scored in all of the tournaments with the exemption of the 2019 edition staged in Egypt where Ghana was eliminated in the round of 16 by Tunisia. He is the country’s all-time topscorer with 51 goals including six which were scored at the World Cup to make him Africa’s highest scoring player at the tournament together with Roger Milla.

Ghana are hoping to emerge winners having won the competition four times with the last one coming in 1982. They were finalist in 1992, 2010 and 2015 but cruelly lost the final games.

Caf and the local organising committee have revealed the 2021 Afcon opening game and final will be played at the Olembe Stadium in Yaoundรฉ. The newly constructed facility has a capacity of 60,000.

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