11 July 2017

Asamoah Gyan officially announces he is back to take penalties for Black Stars

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan

A. Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has announced he has officially assumed penalty-taking duties after five years of a self-imposed exile. 

Gyan became public enemy No.1 when he missed a penalty in the semi-final defeat to Zambia at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Fans besieged the residence of his late mother and that pushed him to take a break.

Last week during the friendly against USA, he surprised all and sundry when he elected himself to take the penalty but missed.

The 31-year-old, who is Ghana’s all-time top scorer with 51 goals, says he is back for spot-kicks.

”Yes I had initially stated I was not going to take penalty kicks for Ghana, but I have reflected on it I  I have decided to start taking it again,” Gyan said on GTV’s Sports Highlight Show.

”I know Ghanaian 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.

”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.”


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