Annan: It pains me when Ghanaians criticized Gyan

Annan: It pains me when Ghanaians criticized Gyan
Ghana's Asamoah Gyan (C) hits the crossbar on his penalty shot above Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera (R) during the FIFA World Cup 2010

by Staff Reporter

Sunday Jul 05, 2020. 13:00

Former Ghana international Anthony Annan says it pains him when Ghanaians criticize Asamoah Gyan for his 2010 FIFA World Cup penalty miss.

The 33-year-old midfielder reflected on the quarter-final clash between Ghana and Uruguay which saw Luis Suarez block Dominic Adiyiah’s goalbound header with his hands

As a result, the current FC Barcelona striker committed a professional foul to save what would have been the game-winner and he was sent off.

However, Gyan, who had scored two penalties in the same tournament, hit the crossbar with the ensuing penalty kick and Ghana went on to lose to Uruguay on penalties.

“It pains me when some Ghanaians criticize Asamoah Gyan for the penalty miss against Uruguay,” Annan said on Goal.

“It’s so sad because we all knew he was our first penalty taker but that’s football, you can’t score all the time.”

Ghana would have been the first African nation to reach the semi-finals of the World Cup had they defeated the South Americans.

“I am available for selection if he needs me,” Annan, who last played for the Black Stars at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals, said.

“I am still playing active football in Finland. Ghana is my country and I cannot turn my back to my nation if my services are needed.

“I don’t know much about [new Black Stars coach] CK Akonnor but I know he was selected based on his competence and I believe with our support, he can surely deliver.”

Annan, who is currently on the books of Finnish club Inter Turku, played 67 international matches for Ghana and netted twice.

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