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Gyan will no longer take Ghana penalties after mum's death

Published on: 12 November 2012

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan has decided against taking penalties for the Black Stars as a mark of respect to his late mother.

The 26-year-old striker has been Ghana's number one penalty taker since 2006 although he has missed two crucial kicks in recent times.

Gyan missed a last minute penalty at the 2010 FIFA World Cup which effectively robbed Ghana of a historic semi-place against Uruguay.

He became number one public enemy after a semi-final penalty miss against Zambia at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The Al Ain hitman suffered a lot of backlash which forced him to take a break from international football but he insisted he will continue taking spot kicks for Ghana.

Gyan has now made a sharp u turn to this earlier decision - explaining he is only heeding to the advice given by his mother who passed last Tuesday.

"No. I will no longer take penalty kicks for Ghana," he told Accra-based Asempa FM.

"My mother had advised me not to no longer take penalties.

"And now that she is gone, I will like take this advice.

"I will not go in to take penalties for Ghana."

Gyan's decision will be hailed by many who were of the view he is just not cut for taking spot kicks for Ghana especially when needed the most.

It will however serve as a massive disappointment to many who believe the Ghana captain should lead by example especially when it comes to stepping up to take penalty kicks.



  • junior mafia says:
    November 12, 2012 03:59 pm
    Good decision
  • anokwale says:
    November 12, 2012 05:26 pm
    This is an excellent choice. Now we can see what others can do. Less pressure.
  • Gada says:
    November 12, 2012 05:53 pm
    John Mensah should also take this advice n retire
  • Dan says:
    November 12, 2012 06:22 pm
    First of all condolences for the loss of your mom. May God carry your through this difficult time. Decision not to take penalties again is not a show of leadership. True leaders are nor afraid of failures or taking chances. As a leader of our great BS refusing to take penalties for fear of failing is weakness not strenght. Please do not use your late mom's advice as an excuse. You are a professional and knows what it takes to win championships. Your are telling us you will heed to your mother's advice if she recommends you drive your car into a ditch. Kwesi Appiah your choice of a captain for the team makes me a little worried about the future prospects of the team.
  • Redd says:
    November 12, 2012 06:34 pm
    My friend why are you giving the guy bad advice so that you can come here and crucify him again when he misses? I bet u all,Gyan has missed more penalties for ghana than he has scored.People forget he missed a penalty in Germany 2006,missed again in SA 2010,missed again in a friendly with korea,missed again against Zambia.If all these misses dont change u then u may neva learn. sorry about your mum.
  • Kofi Osae-Attah says:
    November 12, 2012 09:08 pm
    now ayew can take them
  • Mojahadine says:
    November 13, 2012 12:52 am
    Thank you lord for saving our beloved Ghana from eminent disappointment.
  • John Mensah says:
    November 13, 2012 01:11 am
    Gada,I will retire the day I meet you face to face.
  • John Mensah says:
    November 13, 2012 01:13 am
    Who is Ayew?the boy with the crooked legs.
  • Papadinho says:
    November 13, 2012 06:15 am
    Andre Ayew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Vim says:
    November 13, 2012 06:20 am
    looool best news this year, no back-on-on-on again. Awh herh! im even playing your song, do the the do the the do the the dance o. hahaha. Asamoah Gyan Baby Jet, we are grateful for ur decision yh. Sorry bout your mom tho. RIP Aunty Cecilia
  • gogee says:
    November 13, 2012 06:43 am
    I wonder when his goal drought with the black stars will end after this decision
  • ash pee says:
    November 13, 2012 12:00 pm
    no the second maestro-in-waiting for the BLACK STARS;ANDRE DEDE AYEW
  • PABLO says:
    November 13, 2012 12:02 pm
    Ayew is not there yet. He can't even shoot at goal. I think it will be difficult to find a replacement now.
  • Seth Ampong says:
    November 13, 2012 02:50 pm
    Ghana's quarterfinals in AFCON 2013 will be decided on penalties in South Africa and all the players will be scoring and missing. Will Gyan score or miss his spot kick?? Time will tell, may be he will be substituted in the 119.59 minutes before the start of penalties.
  • Kojo says:
    November 13, 2012 05:26 pm
    We are most grateful.No more heartaches Hurray!!!!!(A MAN CAME TO PERFORM A FRACTION NOT A WHOLE NUMBER LOL!!!!)