2010 FIFA World Cup penalty missed still hurts me - Asamoah Gyan cries Featured
14 Oct

2010 FIFA World Cup penalty missed still hurts me - Asamoah Gyan cries

The former Black Stars captain says he feels haunted by the crucial spot-kick missed at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Ghana International Asamoah Gyan has revealed that he will never forget the day he missed his country's opportunity to reach the the semis of the FIFA World Cup for the first time nine years ago.
The Black Stars would have become the first African country to reach the semi-finals of the tournament but the former Sunderland attacker failed to score a late penalty kick awarded to the West African nation.
The 33-year-old also said he wished there was another chance to retake the penalty he missed against Uruguay in the quarter-final stage at the 2010 FIFA World Cup staged in South Africa.
"In the 2010 World Cup, we were knocked out in the quarterfinals in controversial circumstances," Gyan told Outlookindia.com
"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. 
"We could have become the first African team to reach the World Cup semifinals. 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.” Life goes on, I need to forget about it and live my life"
He has represented Ghana at FIFA World Cup on three occasions —2006,2010 and 2014— scoring six goals to become Africa all-time top scorer.
Currently, he plays for Indian Super League side NorthEast United FC.
Gyan is Ghana's all-time top scorer with 51 goals in 107 appearances.
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