Jian: The “ghost” of the Uruguayan penalty has been chasing me throughout my life.
Despite almost 10 years of the incident, Ghanaian legend Asamoah Gyan still remembers the penalty he missed during his country’s match with his Uruguayan counterpart in the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa.
In statements to Ghanaian TV (3), Jian stressed that this kick was the most decisive moment in his sporting career. During his career with the Ghana national team, stressing that the specter of that incident will continue to haunt him throughout his life.
For the first time in its history, Ghana reached the World Cup quarter-finals during its second appearance in the World Cup.
The Ghanaian team was about to be the first African national team to reach the semi-finals in the World Cup when it got a penalty in extra time in its meeting with the Uruguayan team after Luis Suarez deliberately pushed the ball out of his hand from the goal line so that the Uruguayan striker got a red card directly. The result was a score of 1 – 1.
Jian executed the penalty kick, which would have given the national team the “Black Star” rise to the World Cup’s Golden Square, but toppled the ball completely out of range, for the two sides to rule over the penalty shootout that smiled for Uruguay.
“The ghost of that kick is still chasing me today and alone. Sometimes I feel like the world should come back again so I can redeem myself, but I know that this ghost will still chase me for the rest of my life,” Jian, 34, told the Ghanaian TV station.
“I accept that because there is nothing I can do about it. I went there to save my country, but I ended up being evil; I have to accept what people feel,” Jian added.
“It was disastrous. I was also calm, and I couldn’t sleep. I kept crying all night until morning. All I was telling myself was getting another chance because I knew I could free myself even if it were not through something other than a ball.” Foot, but even if I don’t do that, my kids will one day do it. ” Jian is Ghana’s history’s top scorer, scoring 51 goals in 109 caps.
Gyan had retired from international football before the African Cup of Nations held in Egypt last summer. Still, he changed his decision after talks with Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Addo to take part twice in the tournament as a substitute before Ghana deposited the tournament in the round of 16 by losing to the Tunisian team kicks. Weighting.
Jian has not been called on to play internationally since then but has not given up, given his dream of winning a gold medal with the Ghana national team, which has never happened in his 17-year international career.
“People want to retire, but I have not finished yet. I have had two injuries, but I am returning to full fitness. I am now fine and feeling well,” said the Ghanaian star.
“Not winning any title with the Black Stars team is bothering me. Since 2003, I have won bronze and silver medals. I want the gold medal that I haven’t won. This bothers me so far, and this is what I want to achieve,” Jian said.