The Black Stars of Ghana were kicked out of AFCON 2019 by Tunisia on a 4-5 penalty shootout result but this recent spot kick misfortune is just one of many the former African champions have suffered in the quest to bring glory.
Caleb Ekuban's penalty kick was what mattered most as Ghana were kicked out of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2019 in a shootout against Tunisia on Monday, July 8, 2019.
Prior to the game, Tunisia had never beaten Ghana in an AFCON game. This time, they needed a penalty but for Ghana, it was a throwback to a very abysmal history about shootouts.
YEN.com.gh brings readers five other times Ghana suffered terrible luck in a penalty shootout.
1. 1992 against Cote d'Ivoire
The Ivorians have twice won the AFCON tournament and in both cases, they did it against Ghana in the final. If that’s not weird enough, both matches entered into penalty shootouts.
In 1992, Alain Gouamene saved Ivorian blushes in 9-8 win against Ghana. Game had gone 0-0 after regulation time.
2. 2010 against Uruguay
After the villainous Luis Suarez handled the ball in his penalty area to prevent Ghana from scoring, Uruguay made sure to give themselves a chance as the game travelled to a shootout at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Ghana would lose painfully to Uruguay 4-2 in the penalty kicks.
3. 2013 against Burkina Faso
In a bid to reach the final for the ninth time at the 2013 AFCON, Ghana came up against West African neighbours, Burkina Faso. But Agyemang Badu’s miss would mean that the Eagles of Burkina Faso would beat Ghana 3-2 in the process.
4. 2014 against Libya
This team was the Black Stars but it comprised of purely local based players for a tournament the Confederation of African Football had organised for it members' local league stars. It was the Championship of African Nations.
Ghana lost 4-3 to Libya on penalties in the final.
5. 2015 against Cote d'Ivoire
Yet another final of an AFCON and Ghana was up against Cote d'Ivoire. After clearly being the better side in regulation and extra times, Ghana would go on to lose in a 10-11 penalty shootout.
Indeed, the Ivorians had missed their first two spot-kicks but the Black Stars still failed to win.
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