FRANCEVILLE, Gabon — Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan says he has no problem being a marked man at the African Cup of Nations. In fact, he thrives on it.
Gyan said his role as a lone striker for the Black Stars "shows how great I am" and shrugged off suggestions that opponents would be able to blunt Ghana's attacking threat by closing him down.
The 26-year-old forward scored the opener from a sublime free kick in Ghana's impressive 2-0 win over Mali to take control of Group D, then said afterward "if you try to take me out the game, I can punish you by scoring."
The confident, colorful Gyan — who sports his No. 3 in yellow dye on the side of his head — added: "Everybody playing against Ghana will be going against Asamoah Gyan ... If somebody comes for me, I think this is a great thing."