Gyan still haunted by 2010 World Cup penalty miss

Gyan still haunted by 2010 World Cup penalty miss
Asamoah Gyan of Ghana challenged by Ali Gabr of Egypt during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations Finals football match between Egypt and Ghana at the Port Gentil Stadium in Gabon on 25 January 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Oct 23, 2019. 08:00

Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan has revealed he is still haunted by his penalty miss at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The 33-year-old marksman missed a penalty in the quarter-finals of the global tournament against Uruguay.

Gyan’s effort hit the crossbar and Uruguay went on to win 4-2 on post-match penalties.

“In the 2010 World Cup, we were knocked out in the quarter-finals in controversial circumstances,” Gyan said on Ghana Soccer Net.

“It was against Uruguay, and I missed a crucial match-winning penalty towards the end of extra time, after a Luis Suarez handball.

“The penalty miss is something that I will never forget. It’s part of my life now. I am not the only player, who missed a crucial penalty,” he added.

“We could have become the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals.”

The Ghana all-time top scorer admitted he will never forget about the penalty miss.

“Sometimes when I am alone, I think about it and it still hurts. I feel, ‘Oh! Maybe we can play the penalty again so that I can redeem myself,” he said.

“Life goes on, I need to forget about it and live my life.”

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