CHAN 2022: Ghana Legend Asamoah Gyan Impressed With Competition

CHAN 2022: Ghana Legend Asamoah Gyan Impressed With Competition

Lukman Mumuni
  • Asamoah Gyan has praised CAF for organizing a competition for home-based players
  • The CHAN tournament is held biennially for players players plying their trades in their home countries
  • Algeria have reached the final of the 2022 edition and will face Senegal on Saturday

Former Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has lauded CAF for introducing the African Nations Championship, a competition designed for home-based players.

The seventh edition of the championship is at the final stage in Algeria, as the hosts face Senegal on Saturday, February 4, 2023.

Gyan has been following the tournament in the North African country, and insists it is a good platform for talents to be unearthed.

Asamoah Gyan, Ghana, CHAN, Africa Nation Championship
Asamoah Gyan has praised CAF for introducing the CHAN tournament. Credit: @CAF_Online
Source: Twitter
"This is a huge opportunity for players playing on the continent. The CHAN is a unique competition. It cannot be compared to other competitions. What I like about this tournament is that it shows the state of our local championships," he told

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"This is our foundation. If we do not have good domestic championships, we will go nowhere. Thanks to everyone's work, our leagues are competitive. Competitive leagues which give competitive inter-club tournaments including the CAF Champions League and the CAF Confederations Cup. There is no secret, everything starts from the local championships."

The former Sunderland attacker did not play in the CHAN tournament because it was introduced in 2009 when Gyan was at the peak of his career in Europe.

However, he played at several Africa Cup of Nations, making the final twice, in 2010 and in 2015.

Gyan reunited with Stephen Appiah

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Ghanaian football legends, Asamoah Gyan and Stephen Appiah were spotted hanging out before a tennis game in Accra.

The former Black Stars players spend their free time playing on the court due to their shared love for the sport.

In a photo shared on social media, Gyan is seen helping his former teammate and captain, Appiah stretch out before a game.

Niger knock Ghana out of CHAN

Ghana have been eliminated from the CHAN tournament in Algeria after a shock 2-0 defeat to Niger on Saturday evening.

An own goal from Konadu Yiadom and a stunning strike from Soumana Hainikoye ensured Niger are through to the semi-finals.

The Black Galaxies looked shaky at the start of the game as right-back Augustine Agyapong nearly scored an own goal, but for the quick intervention of goalkeeper Danlad Ibrahim.