Captain of the Senior National Team, the black stars, Asamoah Gyan says he has lifted the ban on playing penalties for the country.
According to the Black Stars skipper who is also known as Baby Jet, he has marshaled the necessary courage and confidence and has overcome the guilt and fear that hit him when he missed the penalty kick during the World Cup campaign 8 years ago in South Africa.
One of the reasons why he refrained from taking the penalty kicks after the missed-penalty debacle was that, his mother before her death, had advised him not to ever take any penalty again following the backlash he received from Ghanaians after his failed penalty shoot at the world.
The black stars skipper who was speaking in an interview with BestNewsGh.com said on the day he missed the penalty kick, he was able to score another goal in the same match just to let the world and Ghanaians in particular know that the first shoot was a mistake.
“Now I am ready and have psyched myself up and anytime the opportunity presents itself, without hesitation, I will take a penalty kick. I refused to do so for a long time now because I wanted to honour the memory of my mother who advised me never to take penalty kicks again. But now I have overcome that situation and I am ready for a penalty kick any day” he said.