2010 World Cup: My Penalty miss still giving me nightmare – Asamoah Gyan

Ghana Black Stars goal machine, Asamoah Gyan has disclosed that his ‘infamous’ penalty miss against Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup still gives him nightmare.

Gyan who had kept Ghana going in the 2010 FIFA World Cup blasted away a ‘multi billion’ opportunity after Luis Suarez deliberately handed Dominic Adiyah’s last minute headed ball off the goal line.

Ghana lost on penalty shootout by 4-2 to South American power house, Uruguay after 1-1 in 120 minutes of play.

A decade after the former Udinese, Rennes and Sunderland talisman squandered the Black Stars’ hope of becoming the first African country to make it into the semifinals of the world biggest football festival, ‘Baby Jet’ as Gyan is popularly called has revealed that he is still haunted by the miss.

Speaking in an exclusive interview on TV3, Asamoah Gyan said he still get hurt with his infamous penalty miss.

“Till today, anytime I’m alone, it still haunts me,” he said.

“Sometimes I feel like the world should go back again so I can redeem myself but I know that is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life,” he opined.

The 35-year-old General Captain of the national team who netted 3 goals in the tournament staged in South Africa stressed that the miss made him turn from a ‘saviour’ to an ‘enemy’.

“I went to save my country but I ended up being the villain, which I accept because I know how people feel”, he emotionally noted.

Asamoah Gyan who participated in three different FIFA world Cup tournament at senior level, (Germany 2006, South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014) had 6 goals to his name as the leading top scorer of African players in the history of FIFA World Cup.

At age 35, Gyan holds the record as the all-time leading goal scorer for Ghana Black Stars with 51 goals in 109 appearances since donning the Jersey of the national team in 2003.

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