[ 2012-03-04 ]
Gyan Hints At Quick Ghana Return - GFA Hopeful Of Return In Sept
Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan has hinted that he will
make a quick return to the Black Stars just days
after announcing his decision to take time off his
The Al Ain attacker reiterated his commitment to
the Black Stars stating that he will continue to
serve his country, with Ghana Football Association
Vice President, Jordan Anagblah hinting the
striker might return by September.
In an emotional statement released by the
UAE-based striker Monday, Gyan called for 'prayers
and support' as he seeks to deal with the
emotional stress stemming from his penalty miss at
the Africa Cup of Nations and abuse he received
from Ghanaians subsequently.
Gyan expressed his contrition over the penalty
miss revealing the emotional hurt since missing
another key penalty for the country, but promised
to return to the national team stronger.
The UAE-based striker took a break from
international football last Saturday in the wake
of the criticism levelled against him following
his penalty miss in the semi-final against
'Firstly it's important that I express my sincere
apologies to my country. I never intended to make
a decision like this early on in my career
psychologically I am down,' Gyan said in a
'As you can imagine it's been very hard for me
mentally to miss two important successive
penalties for my country and because of this a
break to recoup my thoughts and emotions will aid
me to come back bigger and mentally stronger.
'I never fully recovered from 2010 World Cup and
now 2012 Nations Cup.
'I want my country to know I love playing for them
and I wouldn't be who I am without them.
'I would like to ask for prayers and support from
Ghanaians to help me to come back with a renewed
strength to continue serving my country.'
Only yesterday, Mr Anagbla told supersport.com he
had spoken to Gyan and was confident the striker
would return in September.
'I spoke to Gyan this morning. It's a hard time
for him, but he will be back for us in
Anagbla also described Gyan as 'a very, very brave
boy.' September is a short time for Gyan to recoup
from his self-admitted mental blocks, something
which the FA boss agrees to.
The Al Ain strikerhas been subjected to extreme
abuse since missing the penalty against Zambia
which could have helped the Black Stars to reach
the final of the tournament.
He also missed a penalty against Uruguay in the
quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup in South
The Ghana Football Association has started talks
with Gyan to ensure that he makes a quick return
to the Black Stars.
If Gyan returns in September, it means he will not
be available for his country's two qualifiers with
Lesotho and Zambia for the next World Cup.
However, he should be available for the qualifiers
for the next African Cup to be held in South
Source - MTNFootball.com
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