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TWO GHANA football legends have questioned the singing career of Asamoah Gyan.

The Black Stars and Sunderland striker has carved out an off-field niche for himself and is increasingly involved in his country’s entertainment industry.

His duet with musician Castro, called 'African Girls', is popular in his native country and their latest offering - 'Do the Dance' - is climbing up the music charts.

Former Leeds United marksman Tony Yeboah is one of several people in Ghana worried by the impact of Gyan's 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."

And that call has been echoed by former Ghana international Felix Aboagye. "It's important for him to understand that if he wants to get to the top, he must stop the music and concentrate on the game," Aboagye said.

But Gyan, who scored for his country in the 1-1 draw against England at Wembley in March, has been quick to dispel any fears that observers may have about his fledgling music career. He said: "I love music but it doesn't mean I'm not focused on the football. I'm very, very focused because football made me who I am today.

"I can't play jokes with my job because if you joke with your job, your job will joke with you. I'm not a musician but I love music. Many European players play golf in their leisure time. I choose to record music."

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