Asamoah Gyan

The announcement by Black Stars forward Asamoah Gyan to take an indefinite break from international duty has generated mixed reactions from different sections of the football fraternity.

The dancing striker rendered an unqualified apology a few days after failing to convert a spot-kick against reigning African champions Zambia in the semi-final game of the 2012 Nations Cup.

Last Saturday, the player officially wrote to the country’s football governing body, GFA, stating his intension to withdraw his services from the national team indefinitely.

Gyan’s decision to quit is believed to have been necessitated by the verbal abuse suffered at the hands of a section of Ghanaians after his last game for Ghana in Bata, Equatorial Guinea.

Since the decision to quit the Black Stars became public, it has become topical; and while some consider it as good riddance, others have said it is not the best for the country’s national team.

When DAILY GUIDE SPORTS caught up with Jordan Anagblah, FA Vice president yesterday, he revealed that the player was compelled to take the decision as a result of the inundation of unsavoury comments directed at him on the internet and other networks.

He pointed out that the player is human, and will certainly be frightened by especially death threats.

“The comments on the net are harsh, and if a player will be treated this way for serving his nation, then I think that motivated his decision.

“He was forced to take the decision because he realized his life was in danger. It was painful that he missed the kick, but if you understand the game, some of these things do happen once in a while.

“But some don’t understand the game. They think the players are super humans and that no country should beat us.

“Personally, I think it is the wisest decision for now, but we are in talks with him to rescind his decision,” he added.

But Moses Foh-Amoaning, former boss of the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA), condemned the Al-Ain striker for the decision.

“A true professional should have the temperament for taking penalties.

“There are lows and highs in sports, whenever they surface, you must embrace them. He must take what has happened in good faith and work on how to bounce back again,” Foh-Amoaning added.

He mentioned that Gyan’s decision will serve as a bad precedent, and many more players are likely to follow suit, but noted that if the FA handles the matter well, the player will come back strongly.

Gyan hit the back of the net once in the just ended African Cup of Nations co-hosted by Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.

The former Sunderland striker has scored 12 goals in ten games for his new employers, Al-Ain.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum


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