Tributes have been paid to former Wrexham, Feyenoord and Ghana defender Christian Gyan, who has tragically passed away from cancer at the age of just 43
Former Feyenoord and Wrexham star Christian Gyan has died of cancer at the age of just 43. Gyan was born in Ghana but moved to the Netherlands in the late 1990s to sign for Feyenoord, where he made 93 appearances.
A touch-tackling defender, Gyan helped the club win the Eredivisie in 1999 and the UEFA Cup in 2002.
He remained with Feyenoord until 2008 when he signed for Finnish side TPS.
In January 2009 he joined National League side Wrexham but only made two appearances before being released.
He later had spells with RoPS and Dutch amateur side RKSV Leonidas before hanging up his boots.
The late star also made 23 appearances for Ghana between 1998 and 2002.
Gyan had been battling illness in the period leading up to his death and earlier this month posted on Facebook about his situation. Facebook about his situation.
“Good evening, my friends, news about my current situation is circulating without my consent. However, I am here to announce that, as you all know, I have been ill for a while. But I’m fine and I’m not dying!” he wrote four weeks ago.
“So please, there is no need to panic. I respect the doctors, but you all know me: I am a man of faith. That’s why I believe that things will get better. What is impossible from a human perspective is possible with God. So please pray for me to get well. Thank you all, my friends.”
Former Feyenoord striker Bonaventure Kalou was among those to pay tribute to his former team-mate and friend.”Rest in peace my friend, you fought hard. My thoughts go to Anita and the children,” Kalou wrote on Instagram.
Others displayed their emotion on Twitter, with one fan saying: “Rest in peace, Christian Gyan. You silence us all! Rest in peace hero!”
While another Dutch supporter added: “Way too sweet for this world. For him, I hope there is a beautiful and well-deserved afterlife. #ChristianGyan #Feyenoord.”
Iconic striker Pierre Van Hooijdonk, who played in Britain for Celtic, Nottingham Forest, and Hull City, responded to the news with a simple message which said: “R.I.P KING ! #christiangyan.”
Author: Okunlola Kayode. F