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Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan laments Black Stars late World Cup lapses

Published on: 28 June 2014
Ghana captain Gyan says they fluffed several scoring chances at the World Cup

There is a familiar feel to Ghana’s early exit from the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

As was the case four years ago in South Africa, when they fell in the last eight, the Black Stars were undone by some late twists.

It was in the 2010 world finals that the Ghanaians came within touching distance of becoming the first African side ever to reach the semi-finals of the tournament.

Drawing 1-1 with Uruguay as their quarter-final went into injury time, the Black Stars were awarded a penalty, only for Asamoah Gyan to miss the spot-kick, with the Uruguayans then going on to win the tie in a penalty shootout.

Four years on and the Africans have experienced a similar fate, conceding late goals against USA and Portugal and seeing their hopes of progressing from Group H evaporate as a result.

“To say we’re disappointed is an understatement because we really wanted to get through the group phase,” Gyan told in the aftermath of his side’s 2-1 defeat to the Portuguese in Brasilia.

“Even so, I think people back home in Ghana can be pleased with our performances. And no, we won’t be going back with heads bowed, because we played really well and we impressed everyone.”

The striker, who found the target against Portugal, remained upbeat despite his side’s elimination, while also recognising that their off-the-field problems had some part to play in their failed campaign: “We lacked concentration at times and we spoke about that in our team meetings. We couldn’t afford to give away silly goals but we did it again with Portugal’s second. It was a gift and we paid for it, which is all part of the game.”

As one of the most experienced members of the Black Stars line-up, Gyan offered his thanks to the squad and to its younger members in particular, for whom he predicted a bright future: “I’d like to express my gratitude to the team and to the younger guys especially, who I feel can go on and achieve big things. In four years’ time we’re going to have another chance to prove our worth.”


“Obviously I’d love to play in another World Cup,” he continued. “I’m 28 and I’m hoping to maintain my form over the next four years. If we qualify for Russia, it goes without saying that I want to be there. I hope God can protect me from injuries.”


This article has 11 comment(s), give your comment
  • mod says:
    June 28, 2014 05:16 pm
    @Moyo...Gyan was never in CAN 2000, it was hos brother Baffour Gyan that was...get your facts right,
  • beautiful says:
    June 28, 2014 06:45 am
    Keep on believing brother, you will be there. Go and break records
  • Assisi says:
    June 28, 2014 09:11 am
    The forward who let us down the most is Jordan Ayew and yet he played all three games. Also the defender who made us concede most of the cheap goals you are talking about is John Boye. We need Isaac Vorsah back immediately. Our Orlando Pirates keeper also has to find a new club to improve his form because he shouldn't have conceded the second goal against Portugal. A good goalkeeper would not push the ball forward for Ronaldo to score such an easy goal. He should have parried the ball above the goal post so that it would go outside the field of play.
  • Moyo says:
    June 28, 2014 09:38 am
    Had high hopes for Ghana. The melt down before the last game was a big shame. Gyan 28??? I remember this guy from CAN 2000, so that means he was 14 in that tournament???
  • LeShaq says:
    June 28, 2014 10:11 am
    Gyan also should take part of the blam for not bringing his colleagues to order as a captian. In tenure of Stephen Appiah such issues did'nt come to public, that makes him a hero.
  • Fiifi, Berlin says:
    June 28, 2014 10:16 am
    He was also part of the problem! A very weak captain who couldn't control his collegues! He splitted the team with his arrogance and unwarrented "show" !
  • GHANAarmedROBBER says:
    June 28, 2014 10:17 am
    Of what use is your performances without victory....please spear us the performance performance we want to chop.....go to the next round and see joy in the comments of fans....Apuuuuu
  • Kojo says:
    June 28, 2014 11:46 am
    Gyan, i like you but if you played well, you would have won. In football if you did not win, it means you did not play well. Learn from mistakes. Regardless, congratulation on being highest African goal scorer at World cup!!
  • keith from germany says:
    June 28, 2014 12:52 pm
    moyo u are wrong brother. gyan first official cup of nations was in 2008. During the 2006 he was out with injury. he never played in the 2000 CAN tournament which was co hosted by ghana and nigeria. Baffour gyan played in the CAN in Mali. Maybe u are referring to his senior brother Baffour Gyan who himself didnt play in the m
  • ----- says:
    June 28, 2014 01:30 pm
    Thanks to the internet, any joker can get his crap across to the world. Saying Jordan cost us shows how ignorant you are.
  • Papadinho says:
    June 28, 2014 01:43 pm
    Kelvin: There are a lot of issues revolving this team which Ghanaians dont know so they say what they feel like. They are all corrupt and they always want ti make money from us without working for it. I know i may not be called into the team again but im highly elated dat i belong to anti corrupt group in the team ( Sulley, Dede Ayew, Jordan Ayew ,Kwarasey, Kwadwo Asamoah, Essien n myself) It is very insane for John boye n Gyan to tell the Manager to drop Kwarasey for Dauda just 45min before the match, all because he cant speak the local language to command the central defence. Im very dissapointed in the manager and the entire staff. What is the use of so many GFA officials here. We are very sorry to Ghanaians for what happened but we were pissed, for they were using us as their "cash cow" to dube the nation. How can players dictate to the manager. So i asked, what is the role of the so-called technical bench? #copied#