Ghana Black Stars captain, Asamoah Gyan who recently was honoured with a doctorate degree has reiterated that he is back to take penalties for the senior national team after five year absence.
The 32 year old missed a crucial penalty in the 2010 FIFA World Cup when Ghana played Uruguay in the quarter finals and also missed one in the 2012 African Cup of Nations held in Gabon/Equitorial Guinea sparking all forms of agitations and insults from Ghanaians on the skipper.
The New Kayserispor forward told Ghanaians that he will not take penalties again in 2012 and that it was his mother who told him so. The mother unfortunately died but were still not taking penalties for the Black Stars to the extent that he has to be substituted when Ghana played Cote D’Ivoire in the 2015 African Cup of Nations which Ghana lost 12-11 on penalties after a 0-0 draw in regulation and extra time.
Five years after announcing that he will not take penalties for Ghana, the captain to the amusement of all Ghanaians went for the ball when Ghana played USA in a friendly and a penalty was awarded. The forward’s penalty was comfortably saved by Brad Guzan in post for the White and Stripes sparking another argument among the fans. He later scored a stunning freekick goal in a game Ghana lost 2-1.
Gyan in an interview with GTV Sports + said;
“Yes I had initially stated I was not going to take penalty kicks for Ghana, but I have reflected on it”. “I have decided to start taking it again”.
“I know Ghanaians are disappointed because I have missed a couple of penalty kicks in crucial games but as a footballer that has been the only challenge in my career”, he continued.
Gyan indicated that he is back to taking penalties saying; “For now I have decided to go back and take penalties for the Black Stars and break that jinx, I wanted to break that jinx in the game against USA but unfortunately it didn’t happen”.
“But for now, I have decided to be taking penalty kicks for the Black Stars again”, he lamented