Former Ghana and Feyenoord defender Christian Attah Gyan has died at the age of 43.
His teammate and former Ivorian international, Bonaventure Kalou with whom he played for several seasons reported Gyan’s death on Wednesday on Instagram.
Gyan joined Feyenoord from Gapoha in 1996 and was later loaned to Excelsior before he was recalled by coach Leo Beenhakker six months later.
At Feyenoord, he won the Dutch Eredivisie, a Johan Cruijff Shield and a UEFA Cup in 2002.
He made 93 appearances for Feyenoord and scored three goals.
Gyan also played 23 times for Ghana’s senior men’s national team, the Black Stars.
Financial troubles and ill health
After his retirement in 2010, Gyan struggled financially owing to the medical bills of his seriously ill son, Montel and his generosity towards anyone that asked him for help.
However, he recovered somewhat from his financial troubles after a Feyenoord sponsor gave him a job at the port of Rotterdam.
Feyenoord’s supporters also raised thousands of euros for him and bestselling author Michel van Egmond wrote a book titled the King, the proceeds of which went to Gyan.
Gyan also reportedly suffered from seizures and had to stop working for that reason.
“Almost all people who work in the ports of Rotterdam are Feyenoord supporters,” he said ten years ago in a candid interview with AD Sportwereld.
“They sometimes take a picture with me. We talk a lot about the time I I still played in De Kuip I know that what I experienced is something that people dream of all their lives I stood on the field in a sold-out De Kuip I won prizes with a great club No one is too big for the harbor, Why would I be? Because I was a footballer? That’s just a job.”
Gyan also disclosed that he was very generous financially to anyone that asked him for help during his playing career.
“I have God in my heart, so I helped those people,” he said.
“But at some point the money just ran out. I was a victim of my own goodness. We didn’t think when there was money and we helped others. Only after everything was gone did I start thinking. I had a wonderful time at Feyenoord. I saved all the highlights in scrapbooks. I am proud that I was there and I feel that there is still a lot of appreciation for my achievements in Rotterdam. But I never feel more than anyone else. Why would I?”
Gyan played for Feyenoord for eleven years and also played for Excelsior and several Finnish clubs but money never really interested him.
He once told AD Sportwereld. “You also have to be happy without a lot of money in the bank,” he said. “I think simply: when you’re dead, the money is still there.”
Ashantigold demoted to Division Two for match manipulation
Ghana Premier League side, Ashantigold Sporting Club, has been demoted to Division Two, Ghana’s 3rd tier league, after being found guilty of match manipulation.
The action relates to a Ghana Premier League game at the end of the 2020/2021 season when Ashantigold beat Inter Allies by 7-0. An Allies player, Hashmin Musah, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to spoil a bet placed on the said game.
The club’s President, Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, who is the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been banned from football activities for 10 years and 8 years respectively.
Eight players of the club have also been banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, while a further five players have also been handed four year bans for failure to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.
In addition, the club has been fined an amount of Ghs 100,000, the President fined Ghs 100,000 and the CEO fined Ghs 50,000.
The decision will take effect from the 2022/2023 season.
Read the full ruling here.
GFA President Kurt Okraku co-opted to CAF Executive Committee
President of the Ghana Football Association, Kurt Okraku, has been co-opted into the Executive Committee of the Confederation of African Football.
The Ghana FA President is among five leaders of Africa’s regional bodies being co-opted to serve on the CAF Executive Committee.
Okraku is President of the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Zone B.
The move is part of CAF’s plans to make all regional Football Association heads members of the continental football governing body’s highest decision-making committee.
CECAFA boss Wallace Karia of Tanzania, UNIFFAC leader Jean Guy Blaise Mayolas from DR Congo, WAFU A leader Mustapha Raji of Liberia and Libya FA President Alshelmani Abdulhakim Abraheem of UNAF are among those named. COSAFA elects a new leader in the coming days.
The 50-year old was named WAFU Zone B President after securing unanimously approved as the new leader of the regional body by the all seven member associations.
He took charge following the decision of the incumbent Djibrilla Hima Hamidou to step down from the position, one year before the end of his mandate.
GFA bans Steadfast FC, Baffour and Soccer Academy indefinitely
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has banned Steadfast FC and Baffour Soccer Academy from hosting games on their home grounds over assault on some players and club officials of Sky FC and Tamale City FC.
Some fans of Steadfast FC in their Division one game against Nsoatreman assaulted the visitors which led to some officials and players getting injured, with some fans of Baffour Soccer Academy also beat up players and officials of Tamale City.
GFA in an official statement released today said the GFA would fix venues for upcoming home matches for the sanctioned clubs and would take into consideration the distance to be travelled by the away teams.
The ban was exercised according to Article 14(2) of the Division One League Regulations which stipulates that: “The GFA may order the closure of any league centre/venue where the safety of clubs, match officials and/or spectators cannot be guaranteed”.
The GFA Prosecutors have been tasked to study all the evidence and match reports and proffer appropriate charges immediately for the Disciplinary Committee to sit on the cases expeditiously.
The GFA demands that the teams shall assist the Regional Police to arrest persons involved in the attack.
The GFA sent a strong note of caution to clubs that the slightest harassment or attack on Players Team Officials, Match Officials including Venue Media Officers shall be dealt with severely and swiftly.
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