Ghana’s all time top scorer Asamoah Gyan has expressed his regrest for missing a penalty in the 2010 World Cup quarter final against Uruguay.
Asamoah Gyan in the dying embers of extra time had the chance to send Ghana through to the Semi-finals of the competition after Barcelona’s striker Luiz Suarez handled a Dominic Adiyah goal bound header on the line.
Gyan who had scored two penalties prior to that incident stepped up with the destiny of Ghana and Africa in his hands, only to see his powerful strike crush the cross bar.
Asamoah Gyan in a program dubbed #InCoversationWith opened up on the excruciating incident.
“Till today, anytime am alone, it still hunts me, sometimes I feel like the world should go back again so I can redeem myself, but I know this is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life, I accept that becuase there is nothing I can do about it. I went there to save my country, but ended up being the villain which I accept it, because I know how people feel”. Asamoah Gyan told TV3’s Juliet Bawuah.
The former Sunderland man also divulged how he felt throughout that night till the next morning.
“It was a disaster. It was crazy. I was also calm because i couldn’t sleep the whole night because i was crying the whole night till the morning, so i was somehow calm because i couldn’t cry anymore.”
Gyan hopes he will redeem himself one day, either by himself or through his kids.
“All i was telling myself was to get another chance because i knew i could redeem myself even if not football, something else. But even if i don’t, my kids wil do it one day”.
Had Asamoah Gyan converted that kick, Ghana would have been the first African country to make it to the semifinal of the World Cup.