Asamoah Gyan says he won't take a penalty in regular play for Ghana at the African Cup of Nations after a plea from his mother two weeks before she died.
Gyan says his mother, who died after a car accident in November, ''emphasized'' to him that taking penalties was causing him problems and he shouldn't take them anymore.
Gyan said on Wednesday on Ghana's arrival in South Africa for the African Cup that he would ''have to respect her decision.''
The striker missed a crucial spot kick 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 the semifinals.
He also missed in the semifinals of last year's African Cup.