The fans criticize because they love me - Asamoah Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan

By Ameenu Shardow

Asamoah Gyan believes he is the most loved Ghanaian player hence the heightened criticisms whenever he disappoints.

The Al Ain ace has had to deal with several lamentations from disappointed fans whenever the Black Stars fail with him missing goal scoring opportunities.

Gyan was widely vilified when he missed a crucial penalty kick at the 2010 World Cup where Ghana was on the verge of making history as the first African side to make the last four of the competition.

His failures were again brought into the spot light after missing another crucial penalty at the Nations Cup two years later for which he had to take an almost six-month sabbatical from the Black Stars.

But the 27-year-old says he is convinced the massive volumes of criticisms that come his way for ‘below par’ performances is simply because the fans love.

“It is because they love me,” he told reporters at his Accra residence in an extensive interview.

“When even I am walking in town I get a lot of people following me, not anybody else but me.

“And it is because they love me and therefore they expect a lot from me and sometimes get disappointed when I don’t do well.

“I am OK with criticisms because I have come to understand that it is because the fans want me to do well.”

Gyan’s statement could open the flood gates to receive even more criticisms.

But the former Sunderland hitman says he is ready to accommodate even the harshest of criticisms only if it is limited to his football and nothing else.

“People can talk and criticize me for my performance on the field of play,” he adds.

“On the radio, newspapers or the internet I am OK with it.”

The Black Stars captain has however come good for Ghana in recent matches.

He scored three goals in the last two matches for Ghana to help the Black Stars topple Zambia in Group D of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.


  1. Black Stars Fan says:

    You are absolutely right, we love you dearly. But why has it taken you many years to realizes this?

    Our criticisms are all borne out of love for you and Mother Ghana. So watch out for more insults if you break our hearts.

  2. ghanalove says:

    yes baby jet we really love you you’re are our national football hero.

  3. Edward says:

    hmm then someone said over the bar. You went out and slapped him.

  4. kuukuphilly says:

    Miss another penalty and u will c!

  5. Samedge says:

    Over the bar = multi slaps. Maybe that is the way he(Gyan) welcomes his fans(love ones) Hahahahahaha!!!

  6. Nimo says:

    Hmm how did u figure that out? It’s true! Like they say ‘action and reaction forces are opposite and equal’, just thought you should know that,, but hey I’m not a geek ooh you can holla at me if u want real capos to hang out with, I’m not a big fan of the azonto dance but hey I’m so full of life

  7. cool says:

    This guy has been 27years for the last 10years.

  8. mukmin says:

    Yes Gyan you are right that’s why some of us also critized your move to UAE because we wanted to see you develop into an elite player in europe and rub shoulders with likes of Cavani, Falcao and Lebandowski. But your decision has been made an there’s no turning back God bless.

  9. GH Panther says:

    Haha. I remember those times arund 2006 when u received an overdose of criticism frm Ghanaians. U were so emotional, it virtually broke u. Luks like maturity makes u see things (criticism) differently. Its all love. lol.

  10. Chinedu says:

    Bcoz u dance like a fooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool and a big one for that matter.

  11. bigeddy says:

    Well spoken Nana Asamoah….A.k.a ASA nd popularly knwn as Baby Jet#

  12. chinedu God punish ur mouth u are de big foooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool enemy of progress it shall not be well with u 4 ur entire life

  13. Maxwell Johnson says:

    Massa! You better get your ass outta the U.A.E and move to a better league, you have the potential to become a top player but pomposity and lack of vision has always been your bane. Imaging a whole GH national team captain plying his trade in an amateur U.A.E pro league leading the team at the WC. Its only in GH that this can happen, I know the GFA and the so called technical handlers of the B/S have decided to make you the undisputed striker of the B/S by making sure you don’t face any stiff competition from other strikers. Your era will be coming to an end soon cuz lotta young strikers are coming through the ranks. I can mention Jordan, Warris, RBY, Mahatma, Affum, Assifuah, Accam among others.

  14. gyan says:

    Now that the dust has settled ,can i take penalty within 90 mins??

  15. aldo says:

    Is gyan still 27?????

  16. Chinedu says:

    @Richard Appiah i would shake if Jesus Christ told me that not u a sinner bcoz i know he is the Son of my creator who has been with me since i was born. The fact is i dnt like the way he dance sometimes even touching his ma.nhood when dancing. So no weapon used against me shall prosper in Jesus name.

  17. aldo says:

    We luv you gyan and we miss your azonto dance when you score…entertain us bro.

  18. Blakroze GH says:

    So @chinedu, do you strongly belief that Jesus you are emulating will just get up out of the blue, enter a group of peoples dicussion and call their topic of discussion a fool?…well imo I think it will take a devils follower to enter a group’s “peacefull discussion” to cause confusion like you are doing so please don’t bring the good lord into this……ah well, you can if you are a false prophet you know?….just sayin

  19. dadaba gonshots says:

    Verbal musterbation, Nonesense!
    Our relationship is not Love, its business.
    You score we kiss you, you fluff ( especialy Penalties) we KICK you.
    Dont kid yourself.

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