Erstwhile Black Stars goalkeeper Richard Kingson has finally opened up on what transpired in the Black Stars’ 2010 World Cup quarterfinal match against Uruguay.
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.
Since that tragedy, there has been rumors amongst most Ghanaian football faithfuls that skipper Stephen Appiah on the day wanted to take the spot kick, but Asamoah Gyan adamant.
Speaking to Kumasi based radio station Fox Fm, Richard Kingson finally opened up on what really transpired on the day.
“Stephen Appiah never wanted to take the penalty against Uruguay in 2010 World Cup” Asamoah Gyan was our first penalty taker. When there is a penalty everyone knew Gyan will take it.
“So, against Uruguay when the penalty was awarded Stephen Appiah took the ball immediately to hand it over to Gyan.
“Sometimes, I hear people say Appiah wanted to take it but Gyan stopped him. That was never true. Gyan was always going to have it,” he concluded.