I had a blackout after Asamoah Gyan missed the late penalty against Uruguay – Richard Kingson

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Erstwhile Ghana goalkeeper, Richard Kingston has disclosed that he had a blackout after Asamoah Gyan missed the late penalty against Uruguay during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Ghana was just a kick away from being the first African country to play in the semi-final of the World Cup. The Black Stars were handed that opportunity after Barcelona forward Luis Suarez deliberately handled the ball on the goal line.

A red card was shown to Suarez and a Penalty was awarded to Ghana. Current General captain Asamoah Gyan stepped up, but he couldn’t hit the back of the net as his wild effort struck the post.

“In South Africa, our aim was to cross the quarter-finals,” he told Joy FM. 

“We wanted to break that record so we were surprised that Uruguay beat us. We were confident of beating this team. We were together. There was so much unity and so much love.

“Before we had the penalty, I heard a voice in me saying ‘hold your heart’ so I was a little bit quiet and it came again. I was watching what will happen.

“When Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty, I had a blackout. Like I told you, we had the confidence that we will beat them. When we had the penalty, everyone was jubilating thinking we will go through so it was a shock.

“I wanted to be substituted after the miss but we had already used our three substitutes.

“During the penalty shootouts, I was off [not focused]. I went off after Gyan missed the penalty,” he added.

Richard Kingson featured in 90 games for the Black Stars, he represented Ghana at multiple tournaments, including the World Cup in 2006 and 2010.

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