Former Ghana skipper Asamoah Gyan has fired back at AFCON-winning coach Herve Renard insisting he is not lazy as the gaffer posits.
Renard who worked under Claude Le Roy as the Black Stars’ physical trainer during the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations believes Asamoah Gyan did not reach his full potential.
The 51-year-old, in an interview with TV3’s Juliet Bawuah, touted Gyan had qualities that should have seen him achieve better than he had in his illustrious career but expressed reservations about the striker’s attitude to training saying:
“The quality of Asamoah Gyan was amazing. I was always impressed with his timing of headers. He was a very good goalscorer, fantastic player, amazing player.
“But I have something to tell him. He was supposed to have a better career but he was lazy. “In training, he was lazy. He only likes the games. But he was the most important player but I know him and he didn’t like the training, he only likes the competition, the games.”
But Gyan has sharply disagreed with Renard, firing that there was more to delivering consistently than just ‘killing’ himself at training.
The former Sunderland hitman is quoted by a Footy-Ghana.com source as saying: “I am not lazy. I put in 70% hard work and practice the basics needed at training. And, then, I give everything I have in games.”
“I work hard in games; the final output is what matters, and not during training. Consistency is what matters.”
Asamoah Gyan, is Ghana’s all-time leading marksman with 51 goals and Africa top-scorer having netted six times at the Fifa World Cup.