#1:. Prez Kufour’s intervention
Asamoah Gyan has a reputation in Ghana where he is the guy you love and hate in equal measure. It would be recalled that in 2008 during the Nations Cup, a couple of poor performances on the part of Gyan saw him at the receiving end of verbal abuse including extreme verbal abuse directed at his mother.
The ex-Sunderlan striker, who did not appreciate the abuse which was being meted out to him and his mother by fans, threatened to desert the national team camp. It took the intervention of the then sitting President John Kuffour to persuade him to continue with the tournament.
Two years later, Gyan had become an important player for the team, scoring three important goals as Ghana reached the grand finale of the Nations Cup (Angola 2010) for the first time in over a decade.