Today is exactly 10 years since a Luis Suarez controversial handball and a Asamoah Gyan missed penalty combinedly denied Ghana the chance to make history and be the first African country to play in the semifinal of the World Cup.
During the dying embers of extra time in the game between Ghana and Uruguay in South Africa, Barcelona forward Luis Suarez handled a goal bound Dominic Adiyiah header.
Instead of the referee awarding a goal, he opted for penalty, one which was missed by Asamoah Gyan. Ghana went on to lose 4-2 on penalties.
Marking 10 years of the traumatic event on GTV Sports + in a program dubbed bitter-sweet memories for Ghanaians, 3 times African best player Abedi Pele stated that Ghana was robbed and the referee should have awarded a goal.
“If you look at the ball, he was behind the ball when he hit and it was deliberate. That’s why sometimes we have that problem with the Europeans. If it was another country, they would have interpreted the rules of the game very well. When someone punches the ball from behind the line, it’s a goal”, he said on GTV Sports +.
“Maybe I’m still learning but for me, it was a goal. I didn’t see why we have to go for that penalty. I didn’t see the reason why we have to play the penalties. He did the wrong thing but got away with it but in my mind and my heart, Ghana was the winner”, he added.
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