Black Stars former captain Asamoa Gyan disclosed that he abandoned a lucrative contract with the English club Manchester City in other to play for Black Stars during the African Football Cup (AFCON) in 2008 when Ghana hosted the rest of the African continent.
Baby Jet as popularly know in an exclusive interview with pulse Ghana, monitored by bawkuonline.com stated: “I sacrificed for the nation. I should have been out of the tournament, but I felt that because of the love I have for the country I decided to come . I had a contract to sign for Manchester City, but I ignored the contract. I remember my agent told me I should boycott the Africa Cup of Nations and go for rehab and go and sign the contract.”
“During that time I didn’t feel any criticism, starting from the colts level it was like I was being pampered until that time. I didn’t know anything about criticism until that time.”
“I felt like the criticism was unfair to me because they criticized me and I think it was personal in a game that we won, which Ghanaian were expecting like 10-0. People didn’t understand what was going on at that time, so I thought I was treated unfaithfully.”
“My mother called me and she was crying. I felt it wasn’t the right time to do that in the middle of the tournament and I felt that the whole nation was against me and at that tender age, I was like 20 years.”
“But I told him ( my manager) the tournament was very important to me because Ghana was hosting it and I missed the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations and that (2008) would have been my first Africa Cup of Nations and Ghana was hosting, so there was a lot of things going through my mind so that was why I got hurt and I decided to just let it go.” He further stated.
Baby Jet was widely criticized for being a person that likes to meet expectations during the tournament.
He even threatened to leave the Black Star camp when things were getting out of hand, but the then President of the Republic of Ghana, John Ageekum Kufur, intervened and overturned his decision.