Asamoah Gyan has reiterated his commitment to Ghana despite announcing his decision to take a temporal break from the Black Stars three days ago.
The Al-Ain striker on Saturday announced his decision to take time off his international career following a difficult run at the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations where he missed a crucial penalty in the semi-final against eventual winners, Zambia.
“Firstly, it's important that I express my sincere apologies to my country. I never intended to make a decision like this early on in my career,” Gyan said in an official statement on Monday.
“I would like to ask for prayers and support from Ghanaians to help me to come back with a renewed strength to continue serving my Country.”
Gyan, who also missed a penalty at the 2010 World Cup against Uruguay in the quarter-finals says he expects to get back stronger.
“I never fully recovered from 2010 World cup and now 2012 Afcon.
“I want my country to know I love playing for them and I wouldn't be who I am without them.
“Psychologically I am down. As you can imagine it’s been very hard for me mentally to miss two important successive penalties for my country and because of this a break to recoup my thoughts and emotions will aid me to come back bigger and mentally stronger,” the 26 year-old striker added.