Asamoah Gyan has called on Ghanaians to stop fabricating stories about his career and private life meant to tarnish his image.
The 33-year-old has not played with the Black Stars since September 2017 due to injury concerns and thus has been absent from the team’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign so far.
His recent off-field incidents sparked an angry backlash from a section of Ghanaians who believe time is due for him to leave the team.
“Ghanaians can criticise me but it should be constructive,” Gyan told Adom TV.
“I’m not happy because about 99 per cent of the stories, rumours and other things about me are false and it is unfortunate. People just create their own stories either to promote their media or run me down which is very worrisome. I believe such things must end,” he added.
Gyan is yet to overcome his infamous penalty miss against Uruguay, which could’ve seen Ghana in the semi-finals of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.
“I wish that day could come again for me to retake the penalty differently,” the former Sunderland striker said.
“I am still haunted by that penalty miss but I have to move on and hope to help the country win the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations title to repair the damage. Ghanaians should pray for us,” he added.
Gyan has scored 51 goals for Ghana in 106 appearances since 2003.