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Asamoah Gyan won't reject 'decisive' penalty kick at 2013 Nations Cup

Published on: 17 October 2012

By Patrick Akoto

Asamoah Gyan says he will not shun away from taken a decisive penalty kick for the Black Stars at the 2013 African Cup of Nations.

The Al Ain goal-getter was a subject of massive verbal abuse after he missed an important first half penalty in the semi-finals of the 2012 African Cup of Nations against eventual winners Zambia.

The intense criticisms forced him to take an indefinite break from international football and only returned in July after claiming he had overcome his  psychological problems.

The former Sunderland man played an instrumental role in the country’s qualification to the next year’s Nations Cup as the Black Stars recorded a 3-0 aggregate win over Malawi in the qualifying campaign.

He says he will not reject the chance to erase the painful memory by stepping up the plate to take a penalty kick if he is picked by the coach in South Africa.

"It's not about shying off, one needs to stand up after mistakes.” Gyan told goal.com

“That is what normally makes a difference between success and failure.

“If the coach picks me (to take the spot kick), I will be prepared to do my best.”

Just as at the 2010 World Cup, many Ghanaian fans blamed him for the country’s exit from the tournament.

During the World Cup in South Africa, Gyan fired a spot-kick that could have made Ghana the first African team into the semi-finals against the bar deep into extra-time.

The Black Stars went on to lose the shot-out against the South American giants, just as Zambia fully profited from Gyan’s early miss in their Nations Cup meeting.

Comments

  • selfmade says:
    October 17, 2012 11:21 pm
    That's the spirit son..... keep on keeping on .... u are the best penalty taker in recent memory.... u scored against ivory coast in angola,against guinea in Ghana 2008,against Australia in south Africa and against Serbia and u missed against Uruguay,Zambia and i think korea or Japan and czech... i have never blamed you for once,because most of our players are penalty shy and runs away from penalties.... u the man boy and i know u have a big heart for taking penalties but next time pick your spot,concentrate only on the ball and make sure the ball enters the net before u run to celebrate because there can be a rebound!!! U the best and shine your eyes!!! Vuva the revolutioncioooooooooooo!!!
  • kuuku philly says:
    October 17, 2012 03:22 pm
    Just make sure u make it next time around..
  • Kpogas says:
    October 17, 2012 05:15 pm
    Gyan should stop the kick bcos his parents are no more supporting that. He will make his parents unhappy if he kick and miss. Again Ghanaians will start the insult attack on his family and also he himself more.
  • kmens says:
    October 17, 2012 04:37 pm
    That is the spirit of a good sportman. Do not shun away from critisms. It helps you to develop and train better. If the chance is given take the kick. You have been scoring such once most often for victory and for the same reason you can also missed some. In your club you are the sole penalty taker and you do it well. Take it when the opportunity is given. Be bold!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Dennis Boadu says:
    October 19, 2012 06:02 am
    Asamoah Gyan is my man and he is my mentoe.Gyan can sco e pana kic i bel
  • yopoo says:
    October 17, 2012 06:00 pm
    This juju guy leave black star so that other strikers can perform.I knew will say this you cast spell on other players to play dismal God is watching you Asamoah Gyan
  • zambia is a shit hole! says:
    October 17, 2012 06:03 pm
    I hope he is workin on how he takes his penaltys.n I hope previous misses dnt haunt him wen he takin anothr decisive one.
  • dadaba says:
    October 17, 2012 06:32 pm
    U score we will KISS U. U miss we will DISS U. Don't forget, ur arse is not urs when U mess-up. We will kick it till we get foot rot. Notice is given.
  • moses says:
    October 17, 2012 06:50 pm
    when will this guy learn ? too much stupid to come out and say that
  • Nii Kwatei says:
    October 17, 2012 07:48 pm
    You won't be allowed to take penalties again. With you, it's always 50/50 chance. It should be 90/10.
  • GH FUO, THINK BIG!!! says:
    October 18, 2012 07:14 am
    NO MORE PENALTY KICKS FOR GYAN! NO MORE SPOT KICKS FOR THIS GYAN EXCEPT IN A SHOOTOUT SITUATION, YOU KNOW AFTER EXTRA TIME ETC. LET SOMED=BODY ELSE TAKE IT, NOT GYAN. GYAN SHOULD ONLY BE ALLOWED TO KICK PENALTIES AFTER 90MINUTES PLUS SUDDEN DEATH, NOT DURING THE COURSE OF PLAY. JESUS CHRIST, LOOK AT HIS AWFUL RECORD... In WC 2006 against Czech, he missed a penalty. In 2010, he missed a penalty. In a friEndly against S. Korea before AFCON 2012, he missed and the recent one against Zambia. so he shd take a break on penalty kicks. THE GUY IS CRYING FOR HELP, AND WE KEEP ALLOWING HIM TO HANG HIMSELF...LOL EVEN IF HE GETS FOULED A MILLION TIMES IN THE BOX, DONT ALLOW HIM TO TAKE THE PENALTY KICK... GFA U ARE FOOLS! THIS KURASINI GYAN THROWS SOME PAPER MONEY, MAN MADE PAPER MONEY AT YOU N U GIVE HIM THE ARMBAND. U THINK U CAN BUY ROYALTY? GYAN WILL CONTINUE TO SUCK AS A PLAYER N GH CAPTAIN. U WILL SEE. I MEAN HOW CAN U ALLOW A SAUDI PLAYER TO CAPTAIN GH? IT SHOULDNT BE ABOUT HOW LONG U HAVE PLAYED FOR GH OR SENIORITY BUT UR DEDICATION TO THE GBSTARS. IF THAT WAS THE CASE THEN ROYALS WILL ALL BE OLD PPL. OR PRESIDENTS WILL ALL BE OLD PPL, BUT IS DAT THE CASE?...NO!
  • Bediako Asare says:
    October 18, 2012 10:07 am
    At your own peril Ghana. You have been warned!!!!!
  • May his peace prevail says:
    October 18, 2012 11:39 am
    GH FUO? your comment is too long.
  • 9ja says:
    October 20, 2012 04:15 am
    Let 'm take penalty,wats wrong with you pple?