SINGING striker Asamoah Gyan has netted an army of fans for his music career.
The Sunderland AFC and Ghana player is heavily involved with hip-hop stars back in his homeland, and has already featured in a string of hit songs. Last year, the 25-year-old, nicknamed Baby Jet, recorded track African Girls with Castro The Destroyer, regarded as Ghana’s 50 Cent.
Now his latest duet with musician Castro, Do the Dance, is climbing the African charts.
SAFC’s £13million record signing also recently appeared at a music show in Accra, with a host of Ghanaian and Nigerian artists.
“Many European players play golf in their leisure time,” he said. “I choose to record music.”
Despite his relative success as a recording artist, two ex-international strikers are concerned that Gyan’s musical interest might affect his concentration on the job at hand.
Former Leeds United and Hamburg goal machine Anthony Yeboah is one of several people in Ghana worried by the impact of his music on his football.
Yeboah has gone on record telling the 2010 BBC African Footballer of the Year to “put the music aside and concentrate on the football”.
The call has been echoed by former Ghana international Felix Aboagye.
But Gyan, who has scored ten times for the Black Cats since his high-profile transfer from French club Rennes last year, has dismissed the fears.
The marksman, whose goal celebrations have made him a hit on You Tube, said he is perfectly capable of playing football and moonlighting as a musician.
“I love music but it doesn’t mean I’m not focused on the football,” he said. “I’m very, very focused because football made me who I am today.”
Gyan said that he will not allow his work ethic to slip because winning trophies with club and country remains his ultimate aim.
“I can’t play jokes with my job because if you joke with your job, your job will joke with you,” he added.
“I’m not a musician, but I love music.”