We all remember when Asamoah Gyan aka Baby Jet took an indefinite leave from the (Ghanaian) National Football Team following the end of the African Cup of Nations in January due to the amount of animosity he received after a poor performance.
The outcome of the tournament was a disappointing one for the Black Stars and the nation who were expected to at least make it to the finals.
Gyan stated that he will make his return to the team in September when Ghana is set to face Malawi. This is surely good news for the team as they gear up to qualify the African Cup and World Cup. The two tournaments will take place in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
Gyan stated, “The decision to return was made with the incredible support of my family, friends and the football family of Ghana.”
So this is the second time Gyan has quit the team and returned. I understand that he is the best striker that Ghana has currently but I don’t think that gives him the right to come and go like the team is a vacation spot. Half of the blame should go to the GFA as well, if they could do a better job on scouting good strikers, Mr. Baby Jet would not have the tendencies to behave in such a diva matter. I believe having competition for the starting spot would set his head straight.
Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are arguably the two best players in the world, and they have not delivered as people expected them to for their respective countries like they do at the club level, but not once have they brought up the topic of taking a break from the national team because the pressure was too much.
Great players are built off of how you react to the pressure the media and fans give you, just ask Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Eli Manning, Derek Jeter, Didier Drogba, Serena Williams, and now recently Lebron James. The list can go on and on, so Mr. Gyan if your intention is to become an icon/legend for your country, then take notes.
‘Spitters, what’s your take on this?!