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Asamoah Gyan starts new business venture as he launches own airline

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The Ghana striker is nicknamed the ‘baby jet’ – and now he has taken that tag to a whole new level.

FORMER Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has given his career a lift-off – by launching his own AIRLINE.

The Ghana striker, nicknamed Baby Jet, became the Black Cats’ record signing when he arrived from Rennes for £13million in 2010.

Gyan scored 11 goals in 37 games before leaving for UAE club Al Ain. He has since played for Shanghai SIPG, and joined Turkish club Kayserispor in July.

Ghanaian president Nana Akufo-Addo has now revealed the 31-year-old player has been given the OK to set up the airline, which will bear his nickname.

Speaking this morning at the 2017 African Airshow in Ghana, Akufo-Addo said: “I’ve been reliably informed that the captain of our senior national football team, Asamoah Gyan has obtained an air carrier licence.

“He is working feverishly to establish an airline, obviously called Baby Jet Airlines.

 Asamoah Gyan will be taking off a new business venture after launching his own AIRLINE

Asamoah Gyan will be taking off a new business venture after launching his own AIRLINE. GETTY IMAGES – GETTY
 Asamoah Gyan is well known to these shores having had an unsuccessful spell at Sunderland

Asamoah Gyan is well known to these shores having had an unsuccessful spell at Sunderland. PA:EMPICS SPORT

“I want to call on other Ghanaians both at home and abroad to invest in the rapidly growing aviation sector.”

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Local reports suggest Gyan’s company will begin by operating cargo planes before expanding to offer passenger services.

The striker already has a string of off-field business interests.

It’s certainly some positive news for Gyan to come out of his homeland – only months after he was found guilty of having ‘unethical HAIR’.

He is one of 40 players found to have breached Saudi Arabian hairstyle rules.

In 2012, Saudi Arabia and Al Shabab keeper Waleed Abdullah was told to cut his “un-Islamic hair” by the referee before kick off.

Islamic teachings have been known to ban ‘Qaza’ hairdos – which include mohawks – because parts of the head remain unshaven.

Gyan, 31, showed off his new mohawk – with ‘3’ shaved into the side in tribute to his shirt number – during the African Nations Cup.

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Victor Moses scores on Turkish debut to seal Fenerbahçe win

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Victor Moses, former Super Eagles winger, scored on his debut for struggling Turkish Super League side, Fenerbahçe, in their 2-0 win over Goztepe on Friday evening.

The former Chelsea player, Moses, came on for Andre Ayew, scorer of the first goal, in the 64th minute and sealed the win nine minutes later with his first strike in Turkish football.

Fenerbahçe had won only once in seven league games and flirting with relegation before the arrival of Moses, who is looking to reignite his career after being deemed surplus to requirement at Chelsea.

The wing wizard advanced with the ball just inside the opposition’s half, laid it off for Jailson who returned the favour, picking out the galloping Moses in the six-yard box to finish off the move he started.

The former Wigan player only played twice for the London club since the arrival of coach Mauricio Sarri, and the 28-year-old forward had to join the former Turkish League champions on an 18- month loan deal late in the January transfer window.

Victor Moses abruptly retired from the Super Eagles to focus on his club career but it is hoped that a return to regular club football could make him return to the national team.

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Messi, Maradona plead for Sala search to continue

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Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona have joined calls to resume the search for the missing plane carrying Cardiff striker, Emiliano Sala.

Guernsey Police called off the search for Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on Thursday afternoon, but the player’s former club Nantes led calls from across football for it to be resumed.

Barcelona star Messi added his voice to the cause on Friday, writing on his Instagram story, said: “As long as there are still possibilities, a hint of hope, we ask you please continue to look for Emiliano.

“I send all my strength and support to his family and friends. #PrayforSala.”

Another Argentinian football superstar, 1986 World Cup winner Maradona, also posted on Instagram pleading for the search to continue, with the message: “Hope never dies.”

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Neymar gets new lover

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Neymar has sparked new rumours regarding his love life after being pictured alongside a Brazilian model, Mari Tavares.

The PSG ace has been single since his tumultuous relationship with long-term partner Bruna Marquezine ended in October.

With Ligue 1 entering a winter break, Neymar enjoys a short festive holiday – and also experiments with new looks having revealed his fake dreadlocks recently.

And while spending Christmas back in his native Brazil, he fuelled romance rumours after being spotted alongside a 20-year-old model Mari Tavares at a party.

The bombshell is an active Instagram user where she often shows off her stunning curves and tattoos to her 175,000 followers.

And although the pair have not been seen showing affection to each other yet, in Brazil Tavares is already thought to be Neymar’s next lover.

The 26-year-old winger has been single since breaking up with his long-term partner Bruna Marquezine in October.

Neymar had been involved in an on-and-off relationship with the 23-year-old Brazilian actress and model for six years before ending it in October.

The Brazil ace was rumoured to have cheated on his ex with a soap opera actress Giovanna Lancellotti, but laughed off the speculations.

It was claimed the couple were at odds over politics ahead of a heated presidential election but Marquezine denied it.

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She said: “It was his decision. I am going to ask that this issue isn’t prolonged because normally I don’t speak about my personal life.

“I have a lot of respect and affection for him and for everything we went through together.

“I just want to clear this point up, because we are living through a critical and dangerous time, a time with a lot of hate and no, the breakup had nothing to do with that [politics].”

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