Former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan feels it’s sad that he’ll have to remember the penalty he missed against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup for the rest of his life.
He claimed that he had always sought another chance to redeem himself with Uruguay.
Despite his regret, Asamoah Gyan remarked on Citi TV’s The Point of View on Wednesday that the important miss did not indicate he wasn’t adept at converting spot kicks.
“[Meeting Uruguay again] is something I had wanted to since that time [2010 incident]. [Unfortunately] I have to live with it till the end of my life. When you make mistakes, it doesn’t mean you don’t know how to do it,” he said, adding that his decision to go ahead and take part in the penalty kicks in that same game was “to show people the [first miss] was only a mistake.”
Gyan, whose book “Legyandary” is due to be released on April 30, 2022, claimed he is unsure of the source of Ghana’s long AFCON trophy drought.
He claimed that, while the squad routinely enters tournaments with the goal of winning, they are hampered by a variety of uncontrolled conditions.
The former Kayserispor forward dismissed the notion that Ghana’s long AFCON trophy drought is due to bad luck, saying that Ghanaian fans have great expectations and that the team is working hard to win the title.
“Everybody goes in to win, but at the end of the day, maybe things go wrong. We have the mentality to win. In Ghana, the expectations are so high, so we go there to do our best, but things can go wrong. Luck is just about 5%,” he said.
Gyan, who holds the national record for most goals scored by a single player for the national team, praised the current Black Stars technical team, especially for the recent Qatar 2022 World Cup qualification games against Nigeria.