I WILL CONVINCE ASAMOAH GYAN TO TAKE PENALTIES AGAIN – FATHER …
Bernard Kwaku Gyan, father of Ghana Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, has promised to convince his son to reverse his decision not to take any penalty kicks for the country again following his missed kicks in the past.
Asamoah Gyan, 30, failed to convert from the spot during the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarterfinal game against Uruguay, which could have qualified Ghana to the semi-finals of the competition and become the first African country to achieve that feat.
Few months later, he announced his retirement from international duties but came back in November 2011 and was handed the captain’s armband by former coach Kwesi Appiah.
During the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, Gyan missed another crucial penalty against Zambia in the semi-finals and consequently vowed never to take penalties again for the team following verbal abuse from local supporters – a promise he reportedly made to his late mother.
In an interview with Accra based Happy FM, Bernard Kwaku Gyan said, “I will talk to Asamoah Gyan to reconsider his decision not to take penalty kicks for Ghana again since he’s the leader.
“This is because I will be very happy to see my son lift the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2017. We will talk about the promise made to his mother, my late wife,” he added.
Gyan, during the 2015 AFCON final against Cote d’Ivoire, signaled to be substituted in the extra time, since the game was heading towards penalty shootouts.
He has scored 48 goals in 95 appearances for the senior national team since making his debut in 2003.
Source: Ghana/Asempa Sports/Samuel Kow Appiah
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