Ghanaian right-back Samuel Inkoom reserved special praise for former Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan following his remarkable achievement with the Black Stars.
The pair played together for the senior national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where the Black Stars were knocked out by Uruguay at the quarter-final stage.
While Gyan’s missed a crucial penalty at the death of that contest was ultimately the defining image of the frontman at South Africa 2010, it was also the tournament in which he further demonstrated his goalscoring qualities to the wider audience.
“I don’t know how to describe him,” Inkoom told Goal. “Gyan is one of the strikers who has great timing, he smells – he’s always smelling, like George Weah, he can smell where the ball will come, and he’s very good at finishing.
“As a striker he has everything; he has the skill, he can pass, he can dribble, he has good technique, he’s very good in the air,” the full-back continued. “He has everything.”
“For me, he’s phenomenal,” Inkoom continued. “He’s the African player who has the most goals at the World Cup – six – so Gyan always wants to prove a point and to die for his country.
“Gyan is very talented striker, very gifted.”
The 34-year-old is the all-time leading goalscorer of the Black Stars with 51 goals. He has represented Ghana at three FIFA World Cup tournaments and seven Africa of Nations tournaments, helping them finish in third place in 2008 and runner-up in 2010 and 2015.