Following Asamaoh Gyan's recent sex scandal, Pulse.com.gh takes a look at the top six controversies surrounding the Black Stars captain
There has been plenty of controversies involving football, and for a sport attracting plenty of attention and generating plenty of money, it is likely to have its fair share of controversies as well.
Though some footballers do have excellent virtues and can be a role model even away from the pitch, there are many who are involved in affairs and the like, and when they do get caught, it is embarrassing for the footballer and those around him as well.
There have been many scandals in football , and Following Asamaoh Gyan's recent sex scandal, Allsports.com.gh takes a look at the top six controversies surrounding the Black Stars captain:
1. Prez Kufour's intervention
Asamoah Gyan has a reputation in Ghana where he is the guy you love and hate in equal measure. It would be recalled that in 2008 during the Nations Cup, a couple of poor performances on the part of Gyan saw him at the receiving end of verbal abuse including extreme verbal abuse directed at his mother.
The ex-Sunderlan striker, who did not appreciate the abuse which was being meted out to him and his mother by fans, threatened to desert the national team camp. It took the intervention of the then sitting President John Kuffour to persuade him to continue with the tournament.
Two years later, Gyan had become an important player for the team, scoring three important goals as Ghana reached the grand finale of the Nations Cup (Angola 2010) for the first time in over a decade.
2. The 2010 heartbreak
Gyan missed a penalty at the 2006 world cup in Germany against Czech Republic but that miss was not met with flak since his name was still on the score sheet while Ghana went ahead to win the match.
However, in 2010 he move from hero to villain as he missed a crucial penalty against Uruguay in the quarter finals of the FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa, where had he scored, the Black Stars would have made history as the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament.
Eventually, Ghana lost on penalties to Uruguay.
3. Another penalty miss
Gyan’s problems were manifested once again after missing a penalty in the semi-finals stage of the 2012 AFCON against Zambia.
That led some football fans marching to his parent’s residence to register their displeasure while Gyan himself became the number one enemy as fans took him on on radio programmes and social media platforms.
He subsequently took a break from international duties until recently after claiming he was psychologically troubled.
4. Castro's Missing Saga
Just over a month after Ghana's poor show at the 2014 World Cup, Asamoah Gyan was once again in the spot light for the wrong reason.
The Black Stars captain, together with Afrobeats artist Castro, whose real name is Theophilus Tagoe, were at the Peace Holiday Resort, a beach resort in Ada, together with some friends, for recreation when an unfortunate incident occurred.
Castro, went missing, along with friend Janet Bandu, in July.
They disappeared while using jet skis on holiday with former Sunderland striker Gyan's family in the Ghanaian coastal town of Ada. Allegations in Ghana's media suggested the disappearance was suspicious.
Castro and Bandu were last seen heading towards the ocean on a jet ski and were presumed drowned.
5. Daniel Kenu's assault
Following Castro's disappearance, Graphic's reporter Daniel Kenu wanted confirmation to allegations that Asamoah Gyan had “sacrificed” his friend Castro when they went for holidays in Ada.
That infuriataed Gyan who, at a press briefing organised by the Ghana Football Association at the Miklin hotel, nearly confronted the reporter. His elder brother, Baffour Gyan, was said to have picked up from Asamoah Gyan’s fury and beat up the reporter
Kenu then pressed assault charges against Baffuor and some macho men who attacked him at the Baba Yara Sports stadium, over a question he posed to the Al Ain striker. Mr. Kenu had gone to the Baba Yara stadium to pick his accreditation for the Ghana -Uganda clash on Saturday when the incident happened.
In a volte-face, however, Kenu dropped the charges on health grounds.
The rather dramatic development left many, on social media, imputing motives, including a possible inducement of Kenu by Gyan and the two other accused persons.
6. Sex scandal
Asamoah Gyan had to face a very hard time following allegations that he had slept with a 22 year old girl, Sarah Kwabla, at her apartment in February this year, three days after after leading a star-studded delegation full of Ghanaian football stars, musicians and movie stars for the 2015 Stars Soccer Fiesta held in Kumasi.
The 22-year-old university student is also claiming she got pregnant after the intercourse and is therefore demanding that Asamoah Gyan gets her a furnished apartment, a housemaid and a monthly stipend of $1,000 for postnatal care.
Gyan, however, has requested for a paternity test to confirm whether he [Gyan] is indeed the father to the unborn child.