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.
Now 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)