Gyan maintains self belief

13 years ago

Asamoah Gyan has insisted he wouldn’t shrink away from the responsibility of finding the back of the net despite being guilty of some near misses.

Gyan puts his penalty miss against South Korea last week in a friendly as one of his poorest kicks ever, after Ghana lost 2-1 to the Asians at the Jeonju World Cup Stadium.

The striker, who missed a crucial penalty kick against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup, failed to pull the Black Stars level on 14 minutes after his low penalty was comfortably saved by Korean goalkeeper Jung Sung-Ryeon.

But the Sunderland striker eventually made amends, scoring after Sulley Muntari's defence-splitting pass found him, though Ghana went on to lose the game in stoppage time.

Gyan admits that he could have done much better with his kick.

“It was a poor kick I didn’t see the goalkeeper moving,” he said. “There was no power in it so I will say it is one of the poorest kicks I have ever taken.

“You know it is one of those things but I came back to score so I’m ok,” the 25-year-old stated.

However, he believes his mental toughness has always kept him going.

“Personally, I don’t know because I’m somebody who is mentally strong no matter what. As I always say, I don’t doubt my quality at all so any time things go wrong I have to compromise myself and come back strongly.

“So that is what happened. I missed the penalty in the first half and I said to myself we’ve got more time so I have to come back and score. So that is what happened,” he added.