The Al Ain marksman has called it quits as far as international football is concerned, but the FA feels that it is not the way to go for a player of his calibreThe Ghana FA is in serious talks with striker Asamoah Gyan to rescind his decision to quit the Black Stars.
The Al Ain player in a letter to the FA on Friday said he can no longer play for Ghana following verbal abuse he “received since playing for the country at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea".
Gyan came under serious backlash from local fans when he missed a penalty against eventual tournament winners Zambia in the semi-finals, dashing Ghana’s hopes of annexing the trophy for the fifth time.
Ghana lost that match 1-0 and also failed to win their third place play-off against Mali.
Gyan, who also missed a late penalty in the Black Stars’ 2010 World Cup quarter-final loss to Uruguay, has said that his decision was taken along with family members.
The FA has confirmed the report, which broke on Saturday afternoon and announced in a statement that it is in talks with the key striker of the national team to change his mind.
The statement reads in full: “The Ghana Football Association (GFA) has received a letter from striker Asamoah Gyan announcing his decision to take a temporary break from the Black Stars.
“Mr. Gyan is frustrated over the verbal abuse he has received since playing for the country at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.
“The GFA is in talks with Mr. Gyan to urge him to reconsider his decision.”
In 2008, Gyan and his brother Baffour left the Black Stars camp during the Afcon on home soil following a similar backlash from media and fans, but it took inspirational captain Stephen Appiah and officials to save the situation.
He is currently on loan to Al Ain from English Premier League side Sunderland.