Gyan hopeful on Afcon final fitness

The Black Stars forward says he is on the road to recovery and could play against Cote d’Ivoire in Sunday’s showpiece event

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has said he is “getting better” and could play in the Africa Cup of Nations final against Cote d’Ivoire on Sunday.

The 29-year-old attacker sustained a hip injury in the quarter-final against Guinea and had to sit out the 3-0 semi-final win over Equatorial Guinea on Thursday, which was marred by crowd trouble.

Gyan’s potential fitness for the clash against Cote d’Ivoire has been a huge talking point in Ghana ahead of the game and the Black Stars icon was able to complete some light training away from the rest of the squad on Saturday.

“I am getting better and we will see what happens,” the striker told rpeorters.

“We want to go back and rest and prepare for Ivory Coast. I thank the whole of Ghana for their support.

“Every one of the players has played his heart out. I felt so sad not playing in the semi-final but we are all around the team. Everyone played well and I must commend my colleagues.”

Gyan’s condition has been under scrutiny for much of the tournament after he contracted malaria ahead of the group stage and had to miss his side’s opening game.

“The advice to the coach was to rest him for the semi-final, to give him the best chance to play in the decider,” said the Ghana Football Association.

Prior to Saturday’s individual training session for Gyan, coach Avram Grant had insisted he “did not know” whether the country’s record goalscorer would be passed fit for the game.