Asamoah Gyan’s father says he will persuade his son to reverse his vow to avoid taking penalty kicks for the national team.
The Black Stars captain announced his decision back in November 2012 as a pledge to his late mother.
Gyan received heartbreaking public ridicule when he missed a penalty in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals defeat to Zambia.
Some disgruntled fans marched to his parent’s residence to protest their displeasure. The ugly incident forced Gyan to quit international football at that time.
His last-minute penalty miss against Uruguay which denied Ghana a historic 2010 FIFA World Cup semi-final berth, remains etched on the minds of Ghanaian.
Four years after, Gyan’s father wants to intervene and talk his son out of the ‘penalty exile’.
‘I will talk to Asamoah Gyan to reconsider his decision not to take penalty kick for the Black Stars because I will be very glad to see my son lift the AFCON 2017,’ Mensah Gyan told Happy FM Anopa Bosuo Sports on Friday morning.
Asamoah Gyan had vowed never to take a penalty for his home country again, following massive verbal abuses he received on two crucial misses for the national team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa as well as the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Gabon. This was reported in an interview with the BBC.
The reason for the decision according to Gyan was because of his late mother who made him make the promise to her.
“I have decided not to take a penalty for the national team. I said some months back that I wouldn’t take another penalty. Before my Mum died [in November] she told me not to take penalties any more,” Gyan had said.
Gyan’s penalty losses has cost Ghana enormously in the 2010 World Cup and 2012 African Cup of Nations. He had at that time retired from international football due to criticisms over his missed penalties.