Asamoah Gyan will no longer take penalties for Ghana
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.