Former Ghana defender Christian Gyan dies aged 43

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Former Feyenoord and Ghana defender Christian Gyan has died at the age of 43.

He died on Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, according to reports.

Gyan was part of the Ghana team that won the 1995 FIFA U-17 World Cup in Ecuador.

He signed for Feyenoord Rotterdam in 1996. During the following season, he was sent on loan to Excelsior.

After only a couple of months, Feyenoord recalled the defender, and he made his debut for Feyenoord that same season.

Gyan remained with Feyenoord for the next eight seasons where he became a “Cult Hero” after emerging to be fans favourite.

The former Black Stars defender played in the 2002 UEFA Cup Final against Borussia Dortmund with Feyenoord winning 3-2 in the end.

Gyan also won a Dutch League Championship and a Johan Cruijff Schaal with Feyenoord during his time.

In September 2017 supporters of Feyenoord collected an amount of €35,000 for him to support his medical bills when it became public that he was sick.

Gyan played 23 matches for the Black Stars.