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Gyan appeals for forgiveness for Jordan Ayew for missed chance against Germany, youngster apologises

Published on: 22 June 2014
Jordan Ayew blew away a glorious chance against Germany at the World Cup

Black Stars skipper, Asamoah Gyan, has appealed to Ghanaians to forgive young Jordan Ayew for blowing away what could have been the match winner against Germany in their crucial Group G game in Fortaleza last Saturday.

According to Gyan, Jordan admitted his fault and apologised to his team-mates in the dressing room immediately after the match, and they all accepted his apology and excised to focus on the next game against Portugal, which was the most important.

'We spoke to him about that chance he missed and he admitted his mistake which was the most important thing,' Gyan revealed in a post-match interview.

The Stars skipper was in a very good position to score after the Sochaux striker has made a brilliant solo run on the left in the second half, but he instead decided to go for glory and ended up shooting feebly into the hand of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

In spite of that blunder, Gyan described Jordan as a promising striker with prospect for the nation in the future.

'Once he has admitted his mistake, I want Ghanaians to forgive him because he is the future hope of Ghana football,' he stressed.

He said having picked a point against Germany, they were now focused on beating Portugal to enhance their chances of advancing in the competition.

In a separate interview, Jordan confirmed what transpired in the dressing room after the match and also confessed admitting his mistake to his colleagues.

In his defence, the youngest son of Maestro Abedi Ayew Pele said after making that long solo run from the centre line, he was so tired and that was what resulted in the mess.

'After making that long solo run, I was so tired when I got to the goal area. I didn't make any mistake but when they told me I made a mistake, I accepted it and apologized to the team in the dressing room,' he said in the mixed zone.

Source: Daily Graphic

Do you think Ghana would have won the match if Jordan Ayew had scored the goal? Have you accepted Jordan Ayew's apology? Would you heed to Gyan's call for forgivesness? Make your views known in the box below:


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  • TrueGhanaian says:
    June 22, 2014 04:06 pm
    hey Jordan;my friend.You should know better;boy.what kind of excuse are you giving us?Anyway ;i have forgiven you ;but say goodbye to selfishness and personal glory;ok?it will lead you knowhere.remember;this is Mighty Black stars you are playing for as a United Team for the Whole country and Africa as well.Think;boy;you are not getting any younger.Now you see?because of what you did,our destiny in the hands of portugal;should they score US.but if US score them ,we are out.You got it?Grow up.boy
  • Rastaman says:
    June 22, 2014 04:15 pm
    You are very right. That was also another big mistake on the part of those three players. Badu could have released the ball earlier on either side, but kept hanging on the ball, for whatever reason I do not know. maybe, he wanted to shoot the ball himself, and later had a second thought. Well, the boys are good, but they still lack vital experience in situations like what happened yesterday.
  • Rokavilla says:
    June 22, 2014 12:59 pm
    Apology 4 de wher. Wen u knw samfn is bad n u deliberately do it. We r out cos of Jordan n we tnk him 4 dat. This dude can neva be our future cos he is too selfish. God bless Ghana.
  • Emma says:
    June 22, 2014 01:05 pm
    No need for apology. It is part of the game. Who knows how many times Gyan himself has played like that or missed great chances. To all the players: Make sure we win our next match comfortably even if we do not qualify.
  • OGYA says:
    June 22, 2014 01:06 pm
    There should not be any mercy for him. He does not belong to the Black Stars. This is not the time to be throwing mercies around. We are in deep shit and we have average players like Jordan going for personal accolades. The coach needs to be blamed for everything we are getting at this point. Yeah right we played well against Germany, but damn it, this is Ghana we should be playing like that all the time. We should not be happy that we drew with Germany, we should have won the game. Favoritism is killing us when Jordan Ayew's place could have been filled by capable players like David Accam. What about if the couch had kept Schlupp and invited at least Isaac Vorsah, we wouldn't be in this situation
  • OGYA says:
    June 22, 2014 01:07 pm
    THE CASE AGAINST JONATHAN MENSAH =================================== The case against Jonathan Mensah. I do not know whether it is his inexperience or what. He is the reason why Ghana is at this miserable situation in our world cup life First he was the reason why USA got the last minute corner kick to win the game against us. Instead of calmly allowing a ball to safely go out of bounds, he rushed and in the end had his legs touch the ball to give a crucial corner kick to USA Secondly, he was also the reason why Germany equalized the game against us. He stood by and allow Klose to get behind him to score. Akwesi Appiah if you really want to be considered as a good coach, there are a couple of things you need to change about you. STOP BEING VINDICTIVE. You will also need to remove FAVORITISM from your camp, surround this defense with players who are capable of playing it no matter what their age is. There was no reason to drop John Mensah and Vorsa. These two players could have easily been fit for the World cup and given you the success you have been craving for on the international seen were it not for your dumb ideas and favoritism to drop them. They could have bailed you out and prevented those two crucial goals we gave up during both the USA and Germany games. I am sure you have learned your lesson, but you will have to suffer the consequences for the rest of your life. Those who do not learn from history are bound to repeat it.
  • selfmade says:
    June 22, 2014 01:09 pm
    If u know that u were tired, why didn't u released the ball to gyan to relax then? Boy, am really,really disappointed in u and is not only Ghanaians who are disappointed in u but a lot of people around the globe are! Sometimes,I don't understand why people always says that this player is a YOUNG PLAYER ETC blah blah but my question is this, HAS ANYONE SEEN AN 80 YRS OLD playing football before? Football is for the youth and all the great players started their greatness when they were young and more active! This is a guy who is playing in high pressure league in Europe with some of the world best players and he should do better than this! In the WC, is not all about scoring goals but even ASSISTS counts! The player with the highest number of assists sometimes EMERGES AS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE WC and am surprise this guy just wanted to go for glory all by himself! We had a perfect opportunity to make history and add another RARE OPPONENT to our striking WC CV and not only that but to broke the long held jinx of not beating a western European giant but Jordan destroyed it for us! He should learn to be a team player! Am mighty disappointed! If only we have won this game, our destiny all be in our own HANDS!
  • Kobby L says:
    June 22, 2014 01:45 pm
    Lol as long as we go through then i forgive him. If we go out though i don't want to see his face in a Ghana jersey for a long time. Simple pass and we could have made history but you saw ur name in headlines. Bad decision worse execution and a terrible excuse as to why you didn't pass. I'm not even angry, just so disappointed.
  • Yaovi says:
    June 22, 2014 01:53 pm
    This kid is not fit to play at this level yet. He is messing up so much. The ghana team agaisnt germany should have been the one to play against USA for an easy win. The coach is so incompetent and should be sacked asap fro not been able to put together a team with all the talents at his disposal. African coaches need more education and experience before they take over the national team. Same issue with the Nigerian team.
  • Kobe Jones says:
    June 22, 2014 02:07 pm
    why is everyone criticizing this dude...he was selfish admitted but indeed he is the future of ghana football...for me he is more sharp quicker and better than gyan as a striker.....I remember this same page you guys were all hailing him after that hat-trick against the koreans but now you fucking hypocrites are all condemning him...the guy is 22 how will he learn without mistakes kwasiafor *middle finger*
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 22, 2014 02:10 pm
    Jordan is an important part of the Black Stars and I applaud his contribution so I will not criticize him. My question to Coach Appiah and his technical team is Why did Waris not feature in this game? Is he still injured? Is he not 100%? This is a game tailor made for Waris and Gyan in attack. There is no way the German defense could have with stood the two prong attack of Waris and Gyan. Coach Appiah made the right decision in bringing on Afful but then neutralized that good decision by putting him on the right full back and deploying Kwadwo Asamoah at left full back. If Coach Appiah had put Afful on the left, Inkoom on the right and Kwadwo Asamoah at left midfield with Waris and Gyan in a two pronged attack this game would have been settled early. Coach Appiah and his technical team must show the same courage and guts that his players are displaying on the field to move the Black Stars ahead. The difference between Jordan and Waris is like the difference between gold and copper and yet Coach Appiah is not able to distinguish between the two. Waris can hit the ball hard at all times and he is a consummate team player. Waris would have made that pass to Gyan without thinking twice or blinking. This was not the first time Jordan botched a perfect opportunity. He did the same thing against the USA. Atsu gave him a perfect pass that I would have scored or better still my grandmother would have buried it and he botched it just as he did yesterday. Jonathan Mensah is a player who is performing magnificently for Ghana but at the same time is at the heart of both heartbreaking results. This guy was ball watching when the last goal was scored by Klose but where was his left full back? Kwadwo Asamoah should have been between Klose and the post. There should should have been a left full back defending the far post. The Ghana Coach and technical team must work on defending the corner kick and all set pieces in the defensive third because corner kicks seem to be automatic goals against the Black Stars and Ronaldo will be exploiting that Achilles heel. Coach Appiah please put your best product on the pitch at all times regardless of the pressure to do otherwise. If Waris is still injured then i understand Jordan going in ahead of him. If Waris was healthy on the other hand and you chose to go with Jordan then I will strongly challenge you to reconsider your player selection because it is ruining the teams' golden opportunity to advance. Not playing Waris against the USA was brilliant but his absence from the Germany game begs an explanation.
  • TJ says:
    June 22, 2014 02:12 pm
    The boys played as a team yesterday, except Jordan. He wouldn't have replaced Kelvin if Waris was 100% fit. Waris should recover well and play the nexy match, he's nearly there - from a realiable source. Go Ghana!!
  • Carlos Danger says:
    June 22, 2014 02:17 pm
    J Mensah made mistakes in the First game but improved in the second game. I think he needs support which boye is not providing.
  • Paul says:
    June 22, 2014 02:20 pm
    Here we are again lamenting all because of the most painful USA defeat. I think as at now a lot of people are certain in mind that Ghana could exit this tournament left with just a game away. Lets keep our fingures crossed and see what time will tell.
  • Boro says:
    June 22, 2014 02:22 pm
    His explanation is sorting to defend the feeble shot and not the failure to lay the pass to Gyan who was in a good position to score otherwise what is the point of saying i was tired. He has not regreted it so how can we forgive him. Before the tournaments i brought out the strength and weaknesses of each and every player. I hope the forumites will atest to this. When it came to Jordan's turn I mentioned unecessarily selfish as one of his weakneeses. You had the chance to deal with this weakness and has failed. Now look at what this stupid atitude of yours is going to do to the over 24 million Ghanaians. The BS is for team players but not selfish players like Jordan. We needed to win the Germany match and we had the chance to do it and an idiot somewhere who calls himself Jordan because of his selfishness we could not . I am sure maybe after the US match Abedi might have called Dede to say that you should't have laid that pass to Essien but should have gone for glory yourself which I agree because he was in a good position to score than Essien. The small boy Jordan could not disseminate that advice well and ended up with this naivetivety. He may not have realised the diffrent circumstance. Like father like son.
  • Alaha says:
    June 22, 2014 02:28 pm
    Waris waris waris we need him
  • Eben says:
    June 22, 2014 02:30 pm
    @boro; enough of that, if u’re criticizing Jordan for his selfishness fair enough. Why do insult his father, it’s the same man whose other son, ayew, has put on great performance in both games. I’ve lost every respect for u for attacking a man who has absolutely nothing to do with that. Why don’t you talk about the two glorious chances Asamoah gyan wasted in first half, we could’ve equally won if he had score one of those chances in the first half. What is prove that he’ll have scored even if Jordan had given him the ball, a useless striker who has one of the poorest conversion rate.
  • African Consciousness says:
    June 22, 2014 02:32 pm
    ‘After making that long solo run, I was so tired when I got to the goal area. I didn’t make any mistake but when they told me I made a mistake, I accepted it and apologized to the team in the dressing room,’ he said in the mixed zone. He did not even see anything wrong with not passing the ball to an open team-mate with a better angle and a better track record of scoring goals on the big stage. Everybody knows scoring goals is what Asamoah Gyan does best, he has the record to prove it, yet Jordan decided he could best his betters. Scoring a hat trick against Korea means nothing in the World Cup. It is time to go back to the original starter at the forward poistion. Once Waris made his injury return he should have been the default, defacto starter for the Black Stars and always come in ahead of Jordan.
  • texas says:
    June 22, 2014 02:40 pm
    Thank you selfmade! Point 100%. Jordan is young player my ass. The dude knew exactly what he was doing!!! He went for personal glory first, and second for Ayew family glory....people can say all the crap about what I have said, it is the truth. But I will have to blame AA for all issues. AA has not helped Ghana football. In the World Cup there are no second chances that was why Dede and Gyan made use of the clear chances they had. Jordan is no kid, he has played pro football for over 6 years and making the money big boys are making so don't tell me he young and did not know what he doing. We continue to forgive and forget situations like this all the time saying alright without solving the actual problem. It is not alright. The right thing must be done.
  • kobina says:
    June 22, 2014 02:40 pm
    Ghana must be very careful to avoid another confusion in the team. national issues should not be treat as friendship, There some element in the squad are not happy there things are going now but we pray that the bad luck mentalities should be avoided and let the respect be put into practice since black star is not an individual institutions.
  • Prophet Tunde says:
    June 22, 2014 02:42 pm
    If it was Dede Ayew in the box,he would have pass it to him.
  • Dee says:
    June 22, 2014 02:51 pm
    So did Muntari also apologizes for his calamitious setpieces and other wayward shots when a simple pass would have been a better option. And what about Gyan's weird shot when Neuer was approaching and that infantal offside we conceded at the death. Ghanaians please allow the lad to be, for as Sark said "mistakes dey wanna body like paint".
  • Kwaku says:
    June 22, 2014 03:47 pm
    Did you even watch the game? John Boye was phenomemal throughout the game and saved us more than once.
  • Leslie says:
    June 22, 2014 03:49 pm
    Jordan indeed made a mistake. He should have passed the ball to Gyan especially since he was tired after the brilliant run. I'm wondering why no one is talking about how Wakaso and Agyeman Badu managed to create an off side situation in injury time in that three on two break away scenario. For me that was a far worse mistake because a goal would have meant all three points in the bag as it was going to be too late for the Germans to rally back. I just cannot understand how we had three players against two German defenders at that late hour and all that came out of it was off side positioning. Not even a shot for the keeper to save. I seriously think that was a worse offense than Jordan's miss.
  • Nat says:
    June 22, 2014 03:51 pm
    Indeed ghana wouldav won the match with ease..apologising wunt bring back the results so they leave us alone..they should win the last match whether they qualify or not.if they qualify we will hail them but if they fail to do so then we will fire them.....
  • Mensahsolomom says:
    June 22, 2014 03:55 pm
    But we have to 4 give him
  • texas says:
    June 22, 2014 04:28 pm
    Nonsense football we all know what mistakes and second thoughts are. They way different from been selfish, individualist, self centered, and putting personal glory above team glory. All of these were written all over Jordan Ayew.
  • Stevo says:
    June 22, 2014 05:06 pm
    Those blaming Jordan probably have not played futball b4 and if they have they have not played a striker role. He did what a typical striker will do, and that is, eye on the goal. Little futball education guys, left and right wingers (num 7 or 11) and mid-fielders are program to always pass the ball to strikers(chances may come when they aim at goal). Strikers typically do not look around to pass when they have the ball, their main objective is to shoot at goal even when they have to dribble 10 opponents. Now, how wonderful it would have been if Jordan scored, aha. or pass the ball to Gyan and he fail to score or the ball intercepted. Germany created more chances than we did but they did not score all their good chances. This is what makes the sports great, win, lose, draw, miss chances etc. The defence, mid-fielders, and even Gyan made mistakes during the game so should they apologize? For me, he does not owe apology to any one, GH calm down and lets hope we win next game. Peace.
  • Sam says:
    June 22, 2014 06:39 pm
    Wow! We missed Waris in both games. I hope he recovers and ready to play our next match. Ghana to progress to the next stage!!!
  • otega says:
    June 22, 2014 07:30 pm
    What is Asamoah Gyan saying? Did he apologised for all his mistakes? Did Sulley, Christian Atsu, Harrison Aful apologised for their miss kicks.Am sorry for Ghanaians who are attacking Jordan Ayew.
  • NII-BI says:
    June 22, 2014 08:25 pm
    Jordan has not render any apology here. The one who said he did no mistake but because he has done a mistake that's why he apologised! To me Dede is our best player now! But he also did somthing similar like that. He supposed to passed the ball to Gyan but he'd wanted to scored himself. I personally think such attitude should bot be encourage over there.
  • francis kudadze says:
    June 23, 2014 12:59 am
    Yes for me I have forgiven him must not play any match. he went on talking shit by saying he did nothing wrong. if Atsu and Gyan did same thing we wouldn't have scored any goal
  • STEVEN says:
    June 23, 2014 09:25 am
    Imagine this toddler saying he didnt make a mistake, your selfish interest has resulted in our exit. instead of you to acknowledge it yourself you are saying you didnt make a mistake. fire burn you, JONATHAN MENSAH too is our problem as one suggested above, this German equalizer could have been avoided if he had taken the last pole. hmmmmmmmmmmm its well, Gyan kip the fire burning.
  • STEVEN says:
    June 23, 2014 09:29 am
  • Elvis says:
    June 23, 2014 09:52 am
    for me i have forgiving him and every one who made mistake but has not been voice out except Jordan's own. Go Black Star! Go Ghana.
  • Victor says:
    June 23, 2014 02:02 pm
    Bottom line, he has apologized so let us forgive him. But take it or leave it, he is an embodiment of the future of the Black Stars. He is learning and will definitely get better. His potential abilities and qualities are there for all to see. Look at how he took on the two German defenders at a tight sideline situation, outwitting them with sheer speed. before squandering the chance. If you saw the gestures/reaction of Coach Appiah on the technical area it summed up the frustration of everybody for such a chance to go waste. Ghana will come back. I don't know but I have a funny feeling that Ghana seem to carry the responsibility in Africa to break a new grounds in the world cup. And I see this coming not too far away, probably in 2018. We have done it before in the Olympic Games (the first African side to win a medal) and in the 2009 Under 20 World cup- the first African country to win such tournament. Let us plan well and motivate the boys for we will see light at end of the tunnel.