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Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan Quits Blackstars!

Asamoah Gyan quits Ghana Football Team “Indefinitely”


So Asamaoh Gyan has decided to quit the Blackstars ‘indefinitely’. Not really a surprise given the fact that Michael Essien took a “break” not so long ago and Kevin Prince Boateng decided not playing for Ghana would somehow prolong his career. Of late there seems to be an epidemic of Ghanaian players calling it a day. Thus the latest Gyan, in a letter to the GFA Gyan has cited being frustrated over the verbal abuse he has received” since the Africa Cup of Nations as his reason for quitting. The GFA is urging him to reconsider his decision but as it stands Gyan will not play for the Blackatars until further notice.

Asamoah_Gyan_Quits_Ghana_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_comNow I would like to make one thing clear the verbal abuse suffered by Gyan is unacceptable. However if he is quitting purely for this reason then I find that difficult understand. It is part and parcel of the game that high profile players come in for criticism and although I don’t condone the abuse Gyan received I believe quitting the team is the wrong move. Unfortunately for Gyan he has been responsible for missing two very significant penalties (World Cup 2010 and CAN 2012) in the last two years and I believe a combination of his disappointment and a lack of confidence in himself has contributed in his decision. However the only reason he can get over that is by pulling on the Black Stars jersey once again. You only have to look at David Beckham in 1998 when he got sent off for England in the World Cup. He was crucified by the English media, suffered abuse from rival fans and even received death threats. However he never considered quitting the national team and in fact that incident was the making of him. For the following season and beyond he was one of the best players in the league won the treble with Manchester United went on to eventually captain England. Then three years later received complete redemption by scoring the goal that sent England to the World Cup in 2002. What a story! and I don’t think Beckham would be the same player he was had he not suffered that terrible time. To this day he even says it made him mentally stronger. Thus I believe Gyan’s story can be similar, he to can get his redemption.

Even the sternest critics of Gyan have to admit that in the last two years he has been pivotal to Ghana’s success. You only have to look back at the important goals he has scored; the winner against Nigeria in CAN 2010, the winner against Serbia in Ghana’s first game of WC2010 and the winning goal against the USA that took Ghana to the quarter finals of the World Cup. He is Ghana’s star striker and although he can be inconsistent with his form, he is Ghana’s leading goal threat and it has been the over-reliance on Gyan by the team that has often proved their undoing.

If he is not to return to the team in the foreseeable future then it is a big blow for the Blackstars. I sincerely hope he will reconsider his decision and ideally I would like to see him playing in a top European league again because playing in the UAE is doing him no favours at all except for financially.

I am a firm believer in the saying “What does not kill you makes you stronger”. Thus if his life or that of his family is not in danger than I see no reason why he cannot play again. People will always talk in football whether you are doing well or not. Football fans are some of the most fickle people, they change their minds more than the weather. One minute they love you and the next they hate you. I think I can say with some assurance that the vast majority of Ghanaians support Gyan and want to see him play again; if he does not than I fear his two penalty misses will hinder and define his career. Thus if the Zambia game is to be his last game, then all I can say to him is thanks for the memories.

What are your thoughts on Gyan’s decision?

Do you think he will return?

And how will Ghana cope without him?


Ben Jk Anim-Antwi (Kwesi)

Andre Ayew handles Aymen Mathlouthi

CAN 2012 Match Report: Ghana beat past Tunisia to reach Semi-final


Andre_Ayew_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_com_Ghana_Football_Team_CAN_TournamentThe Blackstars won a tight game against Tunisia 2-1 after extra time to reach the semi finals of CAN 2012. In what was a tense and at time bad tempered match an awful error from Tunisia goalkeeper Aymen Mathlouthi, gifted the goal to Andre Ayew and gave Ghana the victory. The match also saw Aymen Abdennour sent off. Ghana started with a familiar line up with Asamoah Gyan leading the attack supported by Andre Ayew and Sulley Muntari on the flanks John Mensah also returned in place of John Pantsill. For Tunisia as expected their playmaker Youssef Msakni returned to the side. Ghana started the game brightly passing the ball about with purpose and they forced an early corner on ten minutes. It was from that corner that Ghana took the lead through John Mensah. The Ghana skipper evaded his marker to head in strongly from close range after a near post flick on from Muntari. A great start for the Blackstars.

Most observers expected Ghana to kick on from there but they failed to control the game as expected and Tunisia came back into it with considerable possession. Then a burst into the Ghana box from Dhaoudi Zouhaier was followed by him chipping a delicious ball to Sabeur Khalifa, who heads in decisively at the far post past the diving Kwarasey in the Ghana goal. Tunisia were back in the game and you had to say deservedly so, just before half time Ayew put a header wide.

Early in to the second half Ghana goalscorer and captain John Mensah picked up a knock and had to be replaced by Isaac Vorsah. The half remained tight but Tunisia came close after a lovely one-two in the box between Khalifa and Msakni, who fired just over when it seemed to be heading into the roof of the net. Then it was Ghana turn to come close when . Gyan then gets in behind the Tunisia defence, only to be stopped at point-blank range by Tunisian keeper Mathlouthi, a very good save. The Blackstars started to look the more likely but could not break through.

Ghana_Football_Team_African_Cup_of_Nations_Me_FiRi_GHANA_dot_com_1So to extra time and you could feel the tension. Surprisingly eight minutes into the first period Gyan was substituted for Prince Tagoe.  However four minutes later the Blackstars took the lead when Mathlouthi dropped the ball horribly from a harmless cross from Agyemang Badu to the far post, right in front of Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew who tapped in gratefully. Then controversy as Aymen Abdennour’s perceived elbow on Ayew, eventually earned him a red card from the referee, after a very long delay. There were heated scenes soon after as several players from both teams became involved in a fracas. However Ghana held on for the win to make it to the semi finals of CAN for the third time in a row.

In what was a tight game Ghana had to show resolve to get through and got lucky with the second goal. However the play acting throughout the match from the Tunisians was distasteful and disrupted the rhythm of the game. It is clear that Ghana will have to step up their game against an attacking minded Zambia, but a game against the Tunisians was always going to be difficult.

What are your thoughts on the game? Leave your comments below

Ben JK Anim-Antwi

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We personally feel that Ghana can really test the Brazilians. It is a shame however that Asamoah Gyan will not be playing having strained his thigh muscle against Ghana’s 2-0 win over Swaziland in the African Cup of Nations qualifier victory…