- Asamoah Gyan, has opened up about his 2010 World Cup penalty kick fiasco
- The Black Stars captain recounts how he has to constantly fight off the disappointment he felt for failing the whole continent
Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan is still reeling from his penalty miss at the 2010 World Cup which prevented Ghana from reaching the semi-final of the tournament.
According to him, he is still sometimes haunted by that penalty miss despite eight years already passing.
With Ghana deadlocked 1-1 with Uruguay in the quarter-final of the 2010 World Cup, hosted by South Africa, the Black Stars were awarded a penalty deep into extra time.
This was after Luis Suarez prevented a Dominic Adiyiah’s goal-bound header from entering the net with his hand.
However, Gyan missed the resulting penalty, with Ghana eventually being eliminated in the ensuing penalty shootout.
The striker admits he “blew” Africa’s best chance to ever win the World Cup, and remains disappointed for that.
In a video posted on Twitter, the 32-year-old said the penalty miss was one of the saddest days in his life.
“I never shoot that high. It hit the post. I was like ‘oh God!’ The whole of Africa was in my head. We were the only hope in Africa, I blew it. I blew it away in just a twinkle of an eye. That is one of the saddest moments [in my life],” Gyan said.
“Sometimes I blame myself, but sometimes I just feel life goes on. I had a great World Cup, and everybody appreciated what I did in the World Cup despite that penalty [miss]. Sometimes I assess things and I am okay. Life goes on.”
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