- “You have no business playing penalties for the Black Stars of Ghana ,” Songo tells Gyan
- The sports journalist compared Gyan to the likes of other Ghanaian football greats claiming Gyan is yet to reach the heights these former players reached
Sports presenter, Patrick Osei Agyeman, popularly referred to as Countryman Songo has aimed strong criticisms towards Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan, following the striker’s decision to return to penalty-taking duties.
Gyan vowed never to take penalties for Ghana in 2012 after being responsible for a couple of high-profile misses from the spot.
The on-loan Al Ahli striker missed a penalty during Ghana’s quarter-final clash with Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup, and the striker again failed to convert from the spot when Ghana faced Zambia in the semi-finals of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations – with the Black Stars going on to lose both encounters.
The 31-year-old, subsequently, decided never to take penalties when on national duties based on a vow he made to his late mother.
However, he made a dramatic U-turn on his decision after stepping up to take a penalty in Ghana’s clash with USA in an international friendly last Sunday.
Unfortunately, it was déjà vu all over again, as his kick was comfortably saved by USA goalie Brad Guzan.
The miss has made him the object of criticism from a section of Ghanaians, of which Countryman Songo subscribes to.
The award-winning presenter believes Gyan has no business taking penalties for the Black Stars, while also questioning his leadership abilities as Black Stars captain.
“Asamoah Gyan himself said he will never take penalties for Ghana. He said this just two weeks ago on Lexis Bill’s show,” Songo said on his ‘Fire for Fire’ show on Tuesday.
“[By taking the penalty against the USA] he has disrespected every Ghanaian and he has disrespected the president, H.E Akufo-Addo. This boy doesn’t respect anyone in this country. He is very selfish, that is why he took that penalty.”
Watch the full video of Songo tirade below: