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Gyan Urged To Keep Quiet After Bafana Penalty Comments

Asamoah Gyan has been told to keep his mouth shut after he recently sided with Bafana Bafana following the controversial awarding of a penalty to Ghana in their 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier last month.

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In a recent interview, the 36-year-old ex-Black Stars captain admitted that he felt Leicester City defender Daniel Amartey went to ground too easily in their 1-0 win over South Africa in November.

The converted penalty essentially ended Bafana's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Qatar, although SAFA is awaiting a response from FIFA after lodging a formal complaint.

While South Africans will appreciate Gyan's stance, his remarks have rubbed some up the wrong way in his own country, including the owner of King Faisal Babes Football Club Alhaji Grunsah, who has called the former Premier League striker "a pretender" as a result.

"Asamoah Gyan is ungrateful and a pretender, he won't even get an opportunity to get a ball boy, he should stop talking about the penalty against South Africa," he told Asempa FM, according to GhanaWeb.

Despite his comments, Gyan did concede that perhaps the tempo of the encounter in Accra last month was what influenced Senegalese referee Maguette Ndiaye to blow for a foul in the box.

The match official has been accused of manipulating the result of that qualifier by South African football's governing body, with a decision seemingly yet to be made.

Click through the gallery below to see some images of the penalty incident: 

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