Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan: Missed penalty kick against Zambia will spur me on

The striker said it is disappointing to keep missing spot kicks at crucial moments but he will not let those sad incidents bring him down

Under fire Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan says missing a penalty against Zambia in the semi-final of the just ended 2012 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) will spur him on to give off his best in future continental tournaments. 

The Al Ain forward could have put Ghana in the lead in the 8th minute, but Zambia goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene spread well to block his kick in a game that saw the Black Stars lose 1-0. That loss dashed the Black Stars’ hopes of annexing the coveted trophy for the fifth time.

Gyan, who has since returned to his base in UAE, broke the hearts of many Ghanaians and that could have accounted for his decision not to join the team to Ghana last Sunday.

The striker is not new to penalty setbacks in crucial moments after also missing a spot kick in the quarter-final of the 2010 FIFA World Cup against Uruguay in South Africa which drew incessant criticisms from certain quarters.

With that incident still haunting him and fresh in Ghanaians minds, Gyan maintains that missing a penalty kick again was a very disappointing moment for him, but in a way boosts his confidence level never to give up in life especially in desperate times as this.

"For me losing this penalty kicks increase my will and determination to change the image of some people’s view about the player who missed a penalty kick, so I show my best and follow my ambitions and aspirations,” Gyan said on the Al Ain official website.