Gyan steering clear of penalties

Posted: 17 January 2013 Time: 09:31 am

Asamoah Gyan says he will not be taking any penalties in the Africa Cup of Nations, after his late mother asked him not to two weeks before she passed away.

The Ghana captain said costly misses for his team had left him “psychologically down” and led him to take a break from international football.

Gyan missed a penalty in the dying minutes of extra time in the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals against Uruguay, denying the Black Stars a chance to be the first African team to make the semi-finals.

“I lost my mum recently and the one thing she said two weeks before she died, she emphasised, was these penalty kicks,” he said. “I have to respect her decision for me not taking penalties for the team.

“That is why I took time off. Because I was psychologically down. I had to step back to psych myself and then come back to the team.”

Ghana have suffered a 30-year drought at the Nations Cup and, despite a team lacking big names such as Kevin-Prince Boateng, Sulley Muntari, Michael Essien and the Ayew brothers, they are certainly among tournament favourites.

Gyan said if it came to a penalty shoot-out, he would be willing to take a kick.

"When I have no option but to take it, why not?'' he said.'' A penalty shoot-out. That will be fine.”

Ghana are in Group B with DR Congo, Mali and Niger, and kick off their tournament against The Leopards on January 20.

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Previous comments on this story...

9000 Seconds (Precision Engineering)
posted: 09:35 am
Please do not. I still remember and have nightmares about that penalty you missed in 2010 fifa world cup.
Benito Mussolini
posted: 10:37 am
Inkomo lento....
Greatness010
posted: 10:50 am
Hade Bosso..
KOIYOKO
posted: 11:02 am
Penalties are just a lottery. Not everyone can take a penalty like the late Ernest 'Botsotso' Makhanya, Lothar Mattheus, Armando Diego Maradona, Hristo Stoichkov, Mlungisi 'Professor' Ngubane, Albert 'Mqombothi' Bwalya, Isaac 'Shakes' Kungoane, Marcus Mphafudi, Les Grobbler, Roberto Carlos, Gary Linecker, Paul Gasgoine, Austin 'Jay-Jay'Okocha, Abedi 'Pele' Ayew and Kalusha 'King Kalu'Bwalya - to name but a few.
derriq\'e
posted: 11:03 am
quite a number of soccer players smoke weed. Reduce weed intake Gyan!
Ga-Makanye
posted: 11:04 am
People lost their lives after that incident, do not..
LungsterBUCS!
posted: 11:32 am
Ur mom witnessed ppl dying after dat penalty miss.. try not to take thm chap u wl be charged for murdering ppl
Noski
posted: 11:46 am
Le re dira ditlaela Gyan. First your mother said dont take penalties now at the end you say if you dont have a choice you will take one while earlier you said let us respect her decision that I should take penalties.

Lay off the weed dude.
Khosi fanatic
posted: 12:16 pm
U better not o mmolai wena son
SisterP
posted: 12:28 pm
Noskiposted: 11:46 am | Report Le re dira ditlaela Gyan. First your mother said dont take penalties now at the end you say if you dont have a choice you will take one while earlier you said let us respect her decision that I should take penalties.

Lay off the weed dude.
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I think you are the one who should lay off the weed. All Gyan is saying is if a game need to be decided by penalities and all other 10 players have taken penalities and he has no choice as per fifa rules then he will take it. simple
Pretoria1
posted: 01:31 pm
SisterPposted: 12:28 pm | Report
Noskiposted: 11:46 am | Report Le re dira ditlaela Gyan. First your mother said dont take penalties now at the end you say if you dont have a choice you will take one while earlier you said let us respect her decision that I should take penalties.

Lay off the weed dude.
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I think you are the one who should lay off the weed. All Gyan is saying is if a game need to be decided by penalities and all other 10 players have taken penalities and he has no choice as per fifa rules then he will take it. simple
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Dont waste your energy SisterP.Some people like Noski they are on this website just to waste oxygen.
Champ Dee
posted: 02:23 pm
kwaaa the posts below are hillarious! made my day!
sindile
posted: 04:00 pm
Ghana was the only African team standing a good chance to go to the Semi's in 2010 but this Gyan really messed up. He looks so incomplete as a player, ja nee they had a chance but now they must double their efforts if they want to take this AFCON most of the teams are ready the likes of South Africa, Nigeria, Zambia, Ivory Coast etc it's going to be very difficult for them this time around.
Chiefs hater
posted: 10:32 pm
Gyan u ar stil my best player,a true soldier.u showed dat u realy luv yo country by stil playing nt like dis idiots Pinats and Boutcow
tame
posted: 02:09 am
Good idea
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