Former Black Stars midfielder, Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has explained why he took the last penalty in the 2009 U-20 FIFA World Cup final against Brazil in Egypt.
Agyemang-Badu was an integral member of the Black Satellites team that won the U-20 World Cup in Egypt, defeating Brazil 4-3 on penalties in the final after a scoreless game.
The former Hellas Verona midfielder took the last penalty in the final against the South American giants.
Speaking in an interview with Muftawu Nabila on a show dubbed “Nabila show”, Badu revealed that his mother had a revelation in a dream that he would become famous for a goal he would score at the tournament.
“My mum said she had a dream that I had a scored a goal and my name was everywhere. So in our game against Uzbekistan, I hit a ball from the center and it hit the crossbar.
“So after the game, I phoned my mother and told her that Osofo Maame, it didn’t come on ooo [referring to the goal she had a revelation of in her dream].
Although Agyemang-Badu’s didn’t score against Uzbekistan and saw his wild effort hit the crossbar, his mum said “let’s wait and pray, it’ll come”.
Recounting on the final, Agyemang-Badu revealed that during the spot-kicks, he recalled his mother’s dream and gathered the courage to take the final kick. Bearing in mind the ramifications of missing that ‘crucial’ spot kick.
Badu said: “So in some seconds I said to myself; what if I miss it? There would be pressure on me, but what my mom told me reflected in just 10 seconds. So I gathered the courage and said to myself that this is the time to make a name for myself, nation and family.”
Agyemang-Badu stepped up and calmly beat the goalkeeper to win for Ghana and Africa their first U-20 World Cup.
Watch video of the interview below: