Gyan down with malaria, misses Afcon opener

Captain Asamoah Gyan was left out of Ghanaa��s team for its opening game at the African Cup of Nations after being diagnosed with malaria.A�In Gyana��s absence, new coach Avram Grant named forward Andre Ayew as captain against Senegal in todaya��s first game in Group C in Mongomo.A�The Ghana Football Association said Gyan was diagnosed with a a�?mild bouta�? of malaria over the weekend. The forward spent a night in the hospital in Equatorial Guineaa��s eastern city of Mongomo but was released to recover at the team base.

Ghana also faces South Africa and tournament favourite Algeria in whata��s viewed as the toughest group at the African Cup. – Sapa-AP