Remember when Ghana lost in the 2010 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals in South Africa as a result of Gyan’s penalty miss? It’s been six years after the disappointing experience, and as a matter of fact, it still haunts the Ghana international. Six years after missing a crucial spot kick, courtesy Luis Suarez in the South Africa World Cup, Asamoah Gyan says the missed opportunity still haunts him.
It was indeed a rare opportunity that would have written Ghana’s name in gold as the first African side to play in the World Cup semis, had Gyan converted the penalty. But he missed the boat, bringing many to tears on that fateful day.
The Black Stars striker crashed his spot kick against the crossbar at the depth of extra time, in the quarter final match against Uruguay, missing the golden opportunity.
Gyan who was downcast after the miss had said repeatedly then, that he was really struggling to come to terms with the dreadful miss.
Several interviews after the unforgettable match, saw Gyan regretting the missed opportunity, and wondering if he’ll ever get another like that. The Al Ahli striker had faced a lot of criticisms for his miss, including death threats against him and his family, as many were hugely affected by the traumatic loss. The severe attacks and criticisms had informed his decision to quit taking penalty kicks for the national team.
One would think Gyan’s penalty miss is now a forgotten issue for the striker but according to him, that it is not the case. Speaking to South African media ahead of their international friendly against the Bafana Bafana, the striker admitted the unfortunate incident haunts him occasionally. However he explained it has made him stronger, as that can be seen in his consistent efficiency in the team.
The former Al Ain striker was signed to current club Ahl Ali on transfer deadline day, following a failed deal with English side Reading FC.