Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan says he will no longer take penalty kicks in the Black Stars jersey.
The 26-year-old says the decision is a way of respecting his late mother who gave him that advise when she was alive.
The Al Ain striker is Ghana’s first option in terms of penalty kicks but has decided to step aside following a terrible experience after missing a penalty at 2012 Africa cup of nations.
Gyan missed a penalty at the 2006 world cup in Germany against Czech Republic but that miss was not met with flak since his name was still on the score sheet while Ghana went ahead to win the match.
At the 2010 world cup in South Africa, the former Sunderland striker missed another penalty against Uruguay in the Quarter finals which prevented the Black Stars from making a record appearance in the semi-finals.
But his worst experience came after missing a penalty in the semi-finals stage of the 2012 Afcon against Zambia.
That led some football fans marching to his parent’s residence to register their displeasure while Gyan himself became the number one enemy as fans took him on on radio programmes and social media platforms.
He subsequently took a break from international duties until recently after claiming he was psychologically troubled.
When asked by Accra based, Asempa Fm whether he will continue to take penalties, the Black Stars captain said No.
“No, I will no longer take penalty kicks for Ghana; my mother advised me not to take penalties again.
“And now that she is gone, I will like take this advice.”
Meanwhile at UAE club, Al Ain, Asamoah Gyan is the team’s number choice when it comes to penalties and he recently scored from the spot in Al Ain’s 3-2 win over Al Shabab.