Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has apologised for going ballistic over Majeed Ashimeru's omission from the Black Stars squad for the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff tie against Nigeria.
Gyan reacted angrily after learning that the Black Stars technical team headed by his former Black Stars teammate, Otto Addo had not invited Ashimeru for the crucial games despite the midfielder impressing in Belgium.
“This guy Majeed Ashimeru is the best midfielder in Ghana, after Thomas Partey, period. I have kept quiet on this but this nonsense must stop. Smh,” Gyan tweeted.
But Gyan later deleted the tweet and apologised.
“I still insist that Ashimeru deserves to be in this current Black Stars BUT am sorry for using the word “Nonsense” in my statement so I unreservedly withdraw that word, I was carried by my emotions. Go Ghana," he wrote.
After missing out on the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year, Ashimeru was expected back in the team owing to his impressive displays in the Belgian top-flight for Anderlecht.
Ashimeru has been the standout performer for Vincent Kompany's men in the last eight games across all competitions.
In the league, Ashimeru has been involved in three goals, scoring one and assisting two while he played a key role in Anderlecht's Belgian Cup semi-final victory over KAS Eupen.
However, the technical team of the Black Stars led by Otto Addo believe it is not enough to merit a call-up. They invited six midfielders including debutant Elisha Owusu who also plays in Belgium for Gent.
The Black Stars began preparations on Monday. Seven players reported for first training at the Accra Sports Stadium.
They will travel to Kumasi on Tuesday to continue their preparations.
The team will train on three occasions in Kumasi. Their first training is on Tuesday evening, another session on Wednesday before their final training on Thursday.
After the final training, coach Otto Addo and some players will interact with the media at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium media centre ahead of the first leg clash on Friday, March 25, 2022.
The return leg will be played four days later in Abuja at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium.
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