Found January 17, 2013 on Ghanasoccernet:
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Asamoah Gyan insists he wont take penalties for the Black Stars Asamoah Gyan won’t take a penalty in regular play for Ghana at the African Cup of Nations after his mother asked him not to just two weeks before she died. The Ghana captain said he would take his late mother’s advice into the tournament in South Africa after costly recent misses for his team that he conceded on Wednesday had left him ”psychologically down” and forced him to take a break from international football. Gyan’s mother died in November after a car accident in Ghana. ”I lost my mum recently and the one thing she said two weeks before she died, she emphasized, was these penalty kicks,” Gyan said on Ghana’s arrival for the African Cup. ”I have to respect her decision for me not taking penalties for the team.” Gyan’s crucial misses included in the dying minutes of extra time in the World Cup quarterfinals against Uruguay in South Africa in 2010 that denied the Black Stars history as the first African team to make...
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