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first_imgBlack Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has admitted that he could barely close his eyes and sleep on the night before leading the Black Stars to a 2-0 win against Malawi. ”It was not fear or worry or anything bad but I was just anxious and a little nervous that’s all”.In a revealing interview for the upcoming Sports Journal series on TV3, the former Udinese and Sunderland striker confessed that he has accepted his fate as an ”unpredictable” player. ”I give everything to God and whatever happens I have come to accept it”From villain to hero, Gyan is rarely far away from incident and arresting headlines but he has no regrets – only useful lessons. ‘’I almost quit the national team in 2008 because of a few fans but you saw how the fans clapped and supported us today”Gyan’s management team led by ”King Sammy” also seem to have cracked the secret code for branding their prize asset with recent media and branding deals. But perhaps what will be the sweetest music to Ghanaians is the player’s firm belief that his finest moments in the game are ahead of him. With his trademark grin and wide eyed expression, Gyan has declared that his best form for the national team is yet to come.And who are we to doubt him? In 2003 the Al Ain forward was still in his teens when he was given his international debut by then Black Stars coach Ralf Zumdick. The player did not fluff his lines as he scored in the 90th minute of that game against Somalia.It could be that football fans did not see it coming; his colorful and sometimes chequered career so far, would make an interesting script for movie directors. After all, he was the youngest ever player to score for the Black Stars and followed with a string of match winning performances. ” That is me, I do not plan to go out there and score spectacular goals or miss chances or penalties. I want to be the best and just do what I have to do”. That statement may sound cliché but it is true that he scored four times in seven matches during the Black Stars maiden successful World Cup qualifying campaign in 2005/06.If you want controversy call Asamoah Gyan; Scoring from the penalty spot, having the goal disallowed, getting a yellow card and then missing the subsequent re-take? That was at Germany 2006 against the Czech Republic.If you want spine tingling magic, call Asamoah Gyan; The same player scored the fastest goal in that crazy World Cup in Germany against the unbeaten Europeans at the time.And talk of despair and you would not need to go far; just call Gyan as he hit the crossbar at South Africa 2010.With Gyan, having his cake and eating it is not impossible. Whether it is scoring on his debut as he did for Sunderland with a volley and a jig or smashing an extra time winner against USA, the player has pleaded with fans to take him as he is.That may not be asking too much because the check-list of good is far lengthier than bad and he smiles more than he broods. As captain of the Black Stars, the player insists he is only a caretaker of the heavy arm band that has been worn by other great ”A”s before him; his coach Akwasi Appiah, Abedi Pele, CK Akunnor, and Stephen Appiah to reference but a few.”I love life, people and I promise to do my best for the team and my country but it will not be easy that is why I always ask for support and prayers”In his first press conference as captain, we saw the other side of Gyan when he cleared his throat before asking Ghana FA boss Kwesi Nyantakyi to jokingly give him a glass of water. Nyantakyi was quick to play his role saying ”…quick, give him water to drink, he will need it”For now, his music and dancing career has been put on hold as he also says the Boxing promotion syndicate he runs is also in transit.Like I said, it is only one match but better a good, cautious start than nothing at all. Who knows, after all that Gyan claims he has been through in his career and in his private life, he could be the man to lead the new look Black Stars to silverware and gold.last_img read more

first_imgFloyd’s death has sparked national outrage, and social justice demonstrations turned violent this week in Minneapolis and beyond. Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz activated the National Guard on Thursday in order to “help protect Minnesotans’ safety and maintain peace.”Kaepernick’s posts on Twitter and Instagram, both shared Thursday afternoon, addressed the rising anger across the country.MORE: Stephen Jackson opens up about friendship with George Floyd”When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick said. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.”We have the right to fight back! Rest in power George Floyd.” A post shared by colin kaepernick (@kaepernick7) on May 28, 2020 at 9:47am PDTThe four officers involved in Floyd’s death were fired, which Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said was “the right call.” The officer who was seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck in the video was later identified as Derek Chauvin. The FBI is investigating the incident. Colin Kaepernick is fully behind the ongoing protests taking place following the death of George Floyd in Minnesota.A video surfaced Monday showing a Minneapolis police officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck near a squad car. (Officers were responding to a report of a suspected forgery at the time.) Floyd repeatedly said he couldn’t breathe, and at one point he stopped moving and appeared to be unconscious. Floyd later died at a local hospital. Kaepernick became a prominent voice for social justice after choosing to kneel during the national anthem in 2016 while playing for the 49ers. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in August 2016. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”UPDATE: Chauvin was taken into custody and has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday afternoon. View this post on Instagramlast_img read more