x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 19 January 2018

Ghana officials ask Asamoah Gyan to reconsider while Al Kamali boosts Olympic team

The Al Ain striker, 26, has decided to take a temporary break from international football following abuse he received after missed penalty at African Cup of Nations.

Asamoah Gyan, right, has decided to take "an extended break" from international football.
Asamoah Gyan, right, has decided to take "an extended break" from international football.

Asamoah Gyan has been urged by the Ghana Football Association to reconsider his decision to take a break from international football.

The Sunderland striker, 26, currently on loan at Pro League side Al Ain, is unhappy at the "verbal abuse" that came his way during the recent African Cup of Nations.

"The Ghana Football Association [GFA] has received a letter from striker Asamoah Gyan announcing his decision to take a temporary break from the Black Stars," read a statement on www.ghanafa.org.

"Mr Gyan is frustrated over the verbal abuse he has received since playing for the country at the 2012 African Nations Cup. The GFA is in talks with Mr Gyan to urge him to reconsider his decision."

Gyan missed an early penalty, and several other chances, as eventual winners Zambia edged Ghana 1-0 earlier this month in the tournament's semi-finals.

He also missed a spot-kick in the dying seconds of extra time in Ghana's 2010 World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay, with the South Americans going on to advance in the shootout.

Elsewhere, Hamdan Al Kamali, will train with the UAE Olympic team at Al Jazira Club tonight, having been released for international duty by his club side Lyon.

Al Kamali, 22, who is on an initial loan deal in France from Al Wahda, is expected to feature in the key Olympic Games qualifier against Australia at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on Wednesday.

Al Kamali joins Omar Abdulrahman, the midfielder, and Ahmed Khalil, the striker, both returning from injuries.