FA Boss Confirms Moves To Have Gyan Rescind Penalty Decision

Ghana FA President Kwesi Nyantakyi has confirmed efforts are being made to have Asamoah Gyan rescind his decision not to take penalty kicks for the Black Stars.

The Black Stars captain took the decision not to take any more penalty kicks for the national team back in 2012 in fulfilment of a promise made to his deceased mother.

Gyan suffered a massive backlash after missing key penalty kicks at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Al Ain ace’s infamous penalty miss in virtually the last kick of the game against Uruguay denied Ghana of a historic qualification to the semi finals of the World Cup after the game had ended 1-1 after regulation and extra time.

Gyan again missed a penalty kick in Ghana’s semi final defeat to Zambia at the 2012 AFCON.

The 29-year-old has since stayed away from taking penalty kicks for the Black Stars.

But the GFA wants to convince him to reverse this decision, especially after Ghana’s penalty shootout defeat to Cote d’Ivoire in the finals of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.

“We all know Asamoah Gyan is one of the best penalty-takers in the Black Stars team,” Kwesi Nyantakyi told Hot FM.

“He however decided not to take penalties again because of what happened, but we are making efforts to convince him to rescind this decision.

“There is no guarantee he wil rescind his decision but we are pursuing the matter.

“We need to say positive things about our players to always encourage them to do well for the team.”

Andre Ayew has since been an effective first choice penalty taker for the Black Stars ever since Gyan ceded that role in the Black Stars.