Former Ghanaian playmaker Charles Taylor is the latest to criticize Black Stars legend Asamoah Gyan for speaking out against the national team’s crucial penalty against South Africa in their recent 2022 World Cup qualifier.
Gyan, like Black Stars right-back Andy Yiadom, believes the first-half incident that led to the match-winning goal and advanced the West Africans to the next round of qualifiers was exaggerated to sway Senegalese referee Maguette N’Diaye.
The 1-0 victory propelled Ghana to the top of Group G due to a superior scoring record, and ended South Africa’s hopes of competing in the World Cup for the first time since 2010.
“I wouldn’t comment on the South Africa penalty controversy if I were in Asamoah Gyan’s shoes,” Taylor said on Angel TV.
“His remark was disrespectful to Ghana as a legend.” Considering his status as a former captain and public person, he should have not made that remark.
“You shouldn’t have an opinion on everything, particularly if you’re cognizant of your predicament.”
“Others will argue that when he was playing, he was provided some soft penalties, but he never asserted that they were soft, so he would reject them.” When he scored, he was overjoyed.
“Why didn’t he simply state that he was speaking the truth and then dismiss them?”
Taylor’s remarks echo those of renowned Ghanaian football administrator Alhaji Karim Grunsah.
“Asamoah Gyan is dismissive and a conman; he won’t even be a ball boy, and he should quit talking about the penalty against South Africa,” King Faisal Babes’ president said.
Gyan recently stated on the radio that Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey may have made a meal of the touch after collapsing under the challenge of South African defender Rushine De Reuck.
“I presume the incident was rushed. From where I am and how I saw it, Daniel Amartey went down far too easily, but the referee seemed to be closer to the action and likely had a better vantage point of what was going on “Ghana’s all-time leading scorer and most capped player spoke out.
“Recall that the referee’s judgment to award the spot-kick may have been influenced by the game’s pacing.”
South Africa is currently suing Fifa over the outcome of the match.