Ghanaian striker and captain of the Black Stars-Asamoah Gyan who decided not to KICK any penalty for Ghana again following his crucial miss of penalties against Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup and against Zambia in the semi-final of the 2012 Nations Cup is reported to have said he will consider this decision and probably jump back on the penalty kicking train.
Apparently, George Afriyie, the Chairman of the Black Stars management committee and a member of the FA’s Emergency Committee told Graphic Sports “that the captain had been urged to reconsider his stance, given that he was the most experienced player, a good penalty taker as well as the team’s captain whom his other players looked up to for inspiration.”
As a result of the above, Asmaoah Gyan has stated he is considering a return to penalty kicks. “There is no problem with me taking penalty kicks. However, it must be acknowledged also that the decision was not taken in a vacuum. With what I have experienced in the past, I don’t need to rush back. As a striker and captain of the team, I will do all I can to help the team succeed so, whatever decision I take with regards to this particular issue will be in the interest of the national team and not a personal one,” Gyan told the Graphic Sports.
Of course you cannot win with Ghanaians and this is why Gyan has to be careful. His failure to take the recent crucial penalty kick at Equatorial Guinea has been criticised which has opened this discussion—but if he took it and missed it, a different conversation will be going on now with people calling for his head.