- Asamoah Gyan has revealed that the penalty he took against the USA in a recent friendly was unplanned
- He said he took the penalty because he wanted to reverse the trend of missed penalties that has dogged his Black Stars career
- The striker says he is not sure whether he will continue taking penalties for Ghana
Black Stars Captain, Asamoah Gyan, has explained why he took a penalty during Ghana's recent friendly match against USA, despite vowing never to take penalties for the national team again.
Gyan missed a crucial penalty against Uruguay in the quarter final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
The shocking miss in the final seconds of the match prevented Ghana from being the first African nation to reach the semi-final of the World Cup.
Gyan also missed a penalty in semi-final of the AFCON 2012 tournament against Zambia - a match that Ghana eventually lost.
The spate of penalty misses drew massive condemnation for him from many Ghanaians.
Gyan later announced his decision to stop talking penalties for the Black Stars, saying that he promised his mother before she died that he would stop.
But in a recent friendly match against the USA, Gyan elected to take a penalty for the Black Stars and missed it.
The development prompted many Ghanaians to question why he went back on his vow never to take penalties for Ghana.
But in a recent interview, Gyan said he did not plan to take the penalty in the USA friendly, which Ghana lost 2-1.
He said he reacted spontaneously to try and break the trend of penalty misses that has dogged him for some years now.
‘’I wanted to break that jinx around me but unfortunately, it did not happen but am a man I needed to step up. Those who don’t step up are not recognised,’’ he said.
The start striker could not say if he would continue to take penalties for Ghana, but vowed to continue to give his all to the team.
Gyan is Ghana all-time leading goal scorer with 51 goals.
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