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Asamoah Gyan credits boosted form to temporal international retirement

Published on: 21 March 2014
Asamoah Gyan has been on fire since his return from his international break

By Ameenu Shardow

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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan says his temporal retirement from international football back in 2012 is responsible for his surged form for both club and country.

The 28-year-old stunned the world by announcing he was taking a break from Black Stars duty in the aftermath of Ghana’s disappointing finish at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations where he missed a crucial penalty in the semi finals against eventual winners Zambia.

Gyan suffered a heavy backlash from heartbroken Ghanaian fans who had not forgotten his painful penalty miss in the last minute of the quarter final defeat to Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup.

The Al Ain ace claimed at the time he needed to take the break in order to bounce back strongly which he did in grand fashion.

The former Sunderland hitman led the Black Stars to a third successive World Cup qualification and emerged the top scorer in the qualifiers.

He has also been on fire since moving to the UAE club Al Ain where he has finished the season as the top scorer in the past two campaigns.

Gyan now credits his five-month break from international football back in 2012 for his enhanced form for both club and country.

“People really didn’t understand why I took time off the national team but upon hindsight it is the best decision I took at the time,” he told Asempa FM.

“I am a very strong person mentally but during that period I was really down and needed to really psyche myself up in order for me to come back strongly.

“And when I returned everybody saw my performance. I even became the top scorer in the qualifiers.”

The Black Stars captain is now just a goal shy from equalling the all-time leading scorer for Ghana record jointly held by Edward Acquah and Kwesi Owusu.


This article has 6 comment(s), give your comment
  • Maxwell Johnson says:
    March 21, 2014 10:39 pm
    Hahahaha bro Benny take it easy on that Zambian stooge! Its clearly that he just needs attention, I bet he's a frustrated jobless prick who has nothing better to do with his miserable life instead trolling on GSN everyday.
  • Kumasi says:
    March 21, 2014 07:08 pm
    Leave Gyan alone,you ghanaians are too wicked this boy sacrified a lot for the national team he was the one who stood by the blackstars while all the big name like essien,KPB,were no where to be found,so instead of insulting him and accussing him of being selfish,think about the fact he refused to abandon the team when everything was going wrong,while others players were running away,be gratefull.
  • Benny says:
    March 21, 2014 05:49 pm
    Who is this imbecile Zambian.This website is for human beings,not Zambians.Zambians stink too much.ldiotic fella.What kind of name is Mumbai.idiot.
  • Mumbi says:
    March 21, 2014 04:09 pm
    Let Gfa pay him his min-retirement package. Mweene Can't be responsible coz he wanted Zambia to beat ghana convincenly and a chief in central Zambia even awarded him a big land & some cows 4 saving Asamumu Gyans penalty. Suarez also did it 4 his beloved Uruguay & Was sent off but gaynaians cant utulise that advantage of an opponent with a man down and a penalty.
  • Benny says:
    March 21, 2014 05:08 pm
    I never know mentally retarded people comment here.This site is for human beings not Zambians.
  • Benny says:
    March 21, 2014 04:09 pm
    You broke our hearts ,you idiot for making a name for yourself when Stephen Appiah wanted to take the penalty. We paid you to bring honour but you failed. See how much money you and your greedy footballers are demanding before you kick a ball when in the actual fact ,it is Ghanaian who are helping you people to show case your talents. I don't get it.Apart from the bonuses when you people come back all the beautiful ladies are going to throw themselves at you. I hope Gyan okumfo-dumfo do not go near any penalty kick.