BACKTRACKED: Gyan explains reason behind resuming penalty duties

After a seven-year hiatus, captain for the senior national team Asamoah Gyan has declared himself ready to start taking penalties for Ghana.

The all-time top scorer for the four time Nations Cup winners came under a barrage of insults and series of attacks after he continuously missed two decisive spot kicks in World Cup 2010 against Uruguay and Zambia in the Cup of Nation in 2012.

Gyan, 31, revealed his late mother told him to relinquish such duty and has since then shied away from taking penalties – a duty which has solely fallen on the shoulders of deputy captain Andre Dede Ayew.

The Kayserispor attacker acrimoniously announced his presence when he missed from the spot once again in an international friendly against USA on July1 – a game Ghana lost 2-1.

“Seven years ago I missed a penalty against Uruguay and also two years later against Zambia and my mum sent me a message to me to stop taking penalties for Ghana and I had to respect it,” he told GTV.

“That particular game against USA I was the leader on the pitch so I needed step up and take responsibility. When people think of Asamoah Gyan they think of penalty misses and I need to erase that perception from people’s minds.

“Everybody knows the kind of player I am and I have to break that jinx.”

Gyan is the leading goal scorer for Ghana with 51 goals after netting a consolation in the friendly game against USA.

By: Ghana/ Amoah