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Shocker! Veteran Asamoah Gyan back in training for 2022 World Cup

Asamoah Gyan might not even have a club right now but that hasn’t halted his dream of playing at the World Cup this winter.

The 36-year-old hasn’t played for Ghana since July 2019 after hanging up his international boots. And the former Sunderland star has not even had a club since being released last year, taking part in his last club game in April.

That was for Legon Cities, a team based in Accra, where he made just five appearances. Nevertheless, Gyan has high hopes of taking part in the World Cup this winter in Qatar and has embarked on a fitness programme to get him ship-shape and push for a spot in the Ghana squad.

“Talent wise, everything is there already, so I just have to prepare physically,” he told the BBC World Service. “The World Cup is every footballer’s dream. I think I’ve got a bit of energy left in me to prove myself once again.

“I’ve been out for almost two years now due to injuries but I just need to get my body back in shape. It’s an eight-week programme and according to my physical instructor I’m improving faster than he thought.

“Then I must see how my body reacts to playing competitive football.”

Ghana’s striker Asamoah Gyan arrives at Pudong International Airport on July 8, 2015 in Shanghai, China. Asamoah Gyan will

Away from football, Gyan has made millions from various business ventures including his airline Baby Jet, after he was given license approval by the Ghanaian authorities. Reports in Ghana revealed that the airline will begin operations as a cargo handler before becoming a commercial carrier.

The name of the airline comes from his boxing promotion company where former IBO Lightweight champion Emmanuel Tagoe was contracted. However, that deal was terminated in February 2021.

Gyan also has a large property empire, owning several buildings and apartments that are rented out to companies and individuals while he also runs a bus service in Accra. He also owns petrol stations, imports noodles and rice and controls a water company, making him one of the most important entrepreneurs in Ghana.

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