Black Stars skipper Asamoah Gyan has revealed he will be handed an honorary doctorate degree by one of Ukraine’s leading universities next month.
The Alfred Noble University will confer the doctorate degree on the striker, who recently set a new record of scoring 50 goals for Ghana.
The event will be held at the Faculty of Law of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) on July 8.
The honorary doctorate degree is for his achievements on the football field and his philanthropical works.
He is Ghana’s top scorer and African leading scorer at the FIFA World cup while his performances for clubs in Ghana, Italy, France, England, UAE and China have all contributed to the decision to give him the award.
Gyan’s philanthropic activities including financial support to hospital, ailing kids’ borehole projects for communities have all contributed to the award.
“It’s good somebody is out there recognizing what I’m doing. I feel honored [by this gesture]. Before, I thought I was just doing it for God, but human beings on this earth have also recognized it,” Gyan said.
“I feel honored, and I can’t wait for the day [I will be honored as Dr. Asamoah Gyan],” he told the media after inspecting the progress of the Astroturf pitch at Accra Academy.
“It [the honor] will urge me to do more. Like you just called me a Dr. [Asamoah Gyan], I can’t wait [to be honored].
The former Sunderland attacker says despite the pressure associated with continuing with his works, Gyan is confident it will spur him on to greater things.
“Definitely there will be more pressure because people will be expecting me to do more. But I think it’s a good pressure, it encourages you to do more,” Gyan said.
“So I started it, and I’m just praying to the Almighty God to give me long life to help mankind. Because I always try to help the community as best as I can.”
Gyan’s name will be written in Gold and will now join an illustrious list of Ghanaians, including President Akuffo-Addo, Dr. Osei Kwame Despite, and Rev. Dr. Lawrence Tetteh who have been honored with doctorate degrees by the Alfred Nobel University.