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I don't lack the cofidence to take penalty kicks for Ghana - Gyan

Published on: 15 January 2013

By Ameenu Shardow

Asamoah Gyan insists his does not fear taking penalty kicks for Ghana but is only respecting the wish of his late mother hence his decision to stay away from spot kicks.

The Black Stars captain who used to be the team’s no.1 penalty taker has decided to cease taking the spot kicks following two painful experiences.

First was his last minute penalty miss in the quarter finals of the 2010 World Cup against Uruguay.

The miss denied Ghana the chance of making history as the first African side to make it through to the last four as the Black Stars lost out to the South Americans in a shootout.

Gyan again became the villain as his penalty miss against Zambia in the semi finals at the last Nations Cup saw Ghana’s chances of winning the tournament fizzle into thin air – inflicting more misery onto Ghanaians in the process.

The Al AIn striker as a result, suffered several verbal abuses from the hurt passionate Ghanaian football fan leading to the temporal international retirement of the 27-year-old.

The ex Sunderland, Rennes and Udinese hitman now says he will no longer take the spot kicks for Ghana despite being in the best scoring form of his life following the untimely death of his mother, Cecelia Love Amoako.

According to Gyan, ceding his powers to take the penalty kicks for Ghana was one of the last wishes of his late man which he intends respecting to the latter.

He however says he is ever ready to do so in situations where he obviously has no option such us a shootout but would prefer to stay away.

“Taking penalty kicks is not necessarily about who the expert is, it's about who has the confidence to pick the ball,” he told Angel FM.

“I have already stated I will not be taking penalty kicks for now for Ghana because of the past experiences which really bothered my family especially my late mother.

“I therefore decided to respect the wishes of my late mother to no longer take the penalty kicks.

“It is not that I lack the confidence to do so, I am only respecting the wishes of my late mother.”

The issue of who takes the penalty kicks for Ghana has yet again become very relevant with the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations on the horizon.

Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso however took the last spot kick for the Black Stars in the 4-2 friendly win over Tunisia last Sunday – where he scored with aplomb.


This article has 9 comment(s), give your comment
  • Professrcolonel says:
    January 15, 2013 11:47 am
    Ghanasoccernet, pls review your documents before you publish them. What is cofidence??
  • oti-asirifi says:
    January 15, 2013 12:16 pm
    Gyan, I disagree with your stance on penalties. The memories of your mum may evoke some respect for her but it is equally a character failure if you refuse to develop your life experiences. It's a weakness to get caught up with criticisms. Don’t forget that to avoid criticism, is to do nothing and say nothing. And you end up by being nothing! In criticism, be bold and stern. Believe in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! As a soldier, I am saddened why you want to chicken out. Your inaction invigorates fear of failure and by that you seize to be a man. Masa, you are a soldier, don’t forget. Any action is better than no action at all. Go the penalty kicks. It is your trade mark. Quitters don’t win. Gooooooooooo masa go.
  • BERNIITO says:
    January 15, 2013 12:24 pm
    my brother,say it again! I wonder if there is any web editor at all. now "having" is substituted with "haven" in almost all the articles they post these days. anyway gyan, your decision is highly respecte in as much as you work for the team. no negative comments and insults can drive ones opinions home. those noted for such should refrain if they nothing post. I REST MY CASE!
  • Coconutman says:
    January 15, 2013 01:38 pm
    Wakaso's kick was too high even though he scored. I prefer penalties on the grass and to the corner. If he has perfected that style of kick then all power to him. It was a goal which is the important thing.
  • Jeff says:
    January 15, 2013 01:49 pm
    Question,,,,,are there any good chances for ghana to win this afcon 2013? I personally have good doubts
  • Ghanas Son says:
    January 15, 2013 06:58 am
    This is the best decision you take ever take. Good advise from your late mum
  • Emmanuel says:
    January 15, 2013 06:49 am
    where is the source of this story?credit should be given to the source of this important story,but all the same Gyan should rescind his decision not to take penalty for the nation Ghana.
  • gakpo says:
    January 15, 2013 06:13 am
    gyan i support you. The idiots who can only criticise rather to appreciate shall now know your wealth.
  • Zg says:
    January 15, 2013 04:47 am
    We respect your decision brother, you have done your part