Out of the 2,353 of the total votes cast, 45.9% (1,080 votes) of readers feel the “Baby Jet” should be allowed to continue taking penalties while 45.73% (1,077) say noGhanaians are unsure whether Black Stars returnee Asamoah Gyan should be allowed to take penalties again after wasting crucial ones at the World Cup and African Cup of Nations.
The Al Ain forward went on a self-imposed exile from the national team due to massive discontent at his penalty miss in the semi-final of the 2012 Afcon.
The striker is the first choice for spot kicks in the squad, but has missed three crucial ones in three of the last six tournaments he has played. He missed one at the 2006 World Cup against Czech Republic in the group stages, another in the quarter-final stages of the 2010 global football fiesta against Uruguay with the latest coming in the semi-final of the Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea.
After the continental showpiece, the striker took an indefinite break, but rescinded that decision two weeks ago. Goal.com Ghana ran a poll asking readers if they thought the 26-year-old should be allowed to take penalties for the four-time African champions and the reactions were mixed.
45.9% (1,080 votes) of readers feel the “Baby Jet” should be allowed to continue his role as the main man for the national team’s spot kicks while 45.73% (1077 votes) believed he should not be restored to his former role.
8.37 % (196 votes) of readers, however, were not sure whether to trust the striker’s ability to continue in that role or relieve him of those responsibilities.