Black Stars striker, Antoine Semenyo, has expressed his admiration for Ghanaian football legend Asamoah Gyan, saying he wants his game to mirror that of the all-time top scorer for the Black Stars.
Semenyo, who became the hero for Ghana when he scored the winner in the 1-0 victory over Angola in the 2023 African Cup of Nations Qualifiers, spoke to GhanaWeb’s Joseph Adamafio in an interview on the Sports Check.
The 22-year-old, who idolized Asamoah Gyan while growing up, said he dreams of becoming like the former Sunderland striker.
“I used to watch him when it came to the AFCON competitions and the World Cup. He was such a big player and I dream to be exactly like him,” Semenyo said.
Asamoah Gyan is a Ghanaian football legend who is regarded as one of the greatest African strikers of all time. He is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 109 appearances for the Black Stars.
Coincidentally, Gyan was the last Ghanaian player to score against Angola in a 2010 AFCON quarterfinal game.
Semenyo made his debut for the Black Stars in 2022 and scored his first goal in a friendly match against Switzerland days before the start of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
His impressive performances at English Championship side Bristol City, where he scored three goals at the start of the 2023 season, earned him a transfer move to Bournemouth in the Premier League.
Semenyo’s desire to emulate Asamoah Gyan’s style of play will come as no surprise to Ghanaian football fans who have watched Gyan over the years.
Gyan was known for his powerful shots, excellent dribbling skills, and his ability to score goals from anywhere on the pitch. He was also known for his leadership qualities and his ability to inspire his teammates.
If Semenyo can develop his game to mirror that of Gyan, he will undoubtedly become one of the best strikers in African football and a key player for the Black Stars for many years to come.