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Asamoah Gyan continues to abstain from Ghana penalty duties

Published on: 24 March 2014
Asamoah Gyan

Captain Asamoah Gyan insists he will only take penalties for Ghana during shoot-outs but not in in regulation time ahead of the 2014 World Cup finals.

But at club level he continues to bang in the goals from 12 yards.

Gyan was advised by his late mother to abstain from taking penalties for the Black Stars after the UAE-based striker was severally criticized following Ghana’s failed 2012 Nations Cup campaign.

The Al Ain striker missed a penalty in open play in the 1-0 semi-final defeat to eventual Zambia and he suffered abuses, which led to his temporary retirement from the national team.

Gyan says the decision to stand by his as a mark of respect for his late mum.

“Although my mother who advised me not to take penalties for Ghana is no more that is the last thing I have to do to pay my respect to her, so for now I won’t volunteer to take penalties for Ghana,” Gyan said.

“You see I am the first option in terms of spot kicks for my club, but that is not going to happen for Ghana because of previous experience, but during penalty shootout and it becomes mandatory for me to take a penalty I will.”

At the 2013 Nations Cup, Gyan was replaced by Mubarak Wakaso as Ghana’s penalty taker.

Gyan has scored a total of 39 goals and just one short of equaling Ghana’s all-time top scorer.


This article has 7 comment(s), give your comment
  • Sterlingz says:
    March 24, 2014 11:43 am
    well said Gyan...we respect ur decisions.
  • Benny says:
    March 24, 2014 12:48 pm
    Yes Gyan has made some unfortunate penalty kicks,but let's not forget he has scored from the spot on numerous occasions. The most annoying penalty taker of all time in my books is that of John Mensa ,Ghana vs Uruguay.That was awful.
  • kuukuphilly says:
    March 24, 2014 01:08 pm
    But to me it don't make any difference because u will kick in a shootout.
  • lincopper says:
    March 24, 2014 08:41 pm
    taking penalty during the 90mins and taking penalty shootout after 90mins is a quite different things..
  • solomon says:
    March 25, 2014 03:12 pm
    Even the footballers misses penalty in the world cup so nothing new in this because we're desperate in 2010 we should live the guy alone and give him support even little encourage ment together we can win in Brazil remain bless
  • solomon says:
    March 25, 2014 03:23 pm
    The best footballers misses penalty so if Asamoah Gyan misses it so what he want to score right but unfortunately for us he miss it hail Captain Gyan go for ghana we are praying for you God is in your side we love u fromm holland.
  • solomon says:
    March 25, 2014 06:59 pm
    Just checked it out footballfanatics site seeing crucial penalties misses by best players ever lived so stop critics and lets have fun life is short is my prayer that ghana will suprise the world says the coach bye