By Patrick Akoto
Ghana legend Abedi Pele has backed striker Asamoah Gyan to return to the national team.
Gyan took an indefinite break from international football after coming in for heavy criticism.
The 26-year-old, considered to be a leading figure in the Black Stars, suffered massive verbal after his semi-final penalty miss against Zambia, denied the country the chance to go to the finals of the 2012 joint African Cup of Nations.
The striker, who has been loaned out by Sundeland to Arab outfit Al Ain, opted to step out of the limelight in the wake of adding to the spot-kick heartache he suffered in the quarter-finals of the 2012 World Cup in South Africa.
But the three-time African Footballer of the Year is confident Gyan will answer to the call of national duty.
“I don’t think his resignation from the national team is a problem. He will definitely come back for the sake of Ghana,”Pele said
“He will answer the call of national duty,” Pele said.
“He was disappointed with that penalty miss [at the Africa Cup of Nations]. But this is football and such things do happen.
“You take your time to ponder, charge your batteries and then move on again,”
Newly appointed Ghana boss Kwesi Appiah has said the player must be given time to rescind his decision after putting his international career on hold.