World Cup 2010: Gyan vows to bounce back for Ghana

Published on: 03 July 2010

Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan brushed off his last-minute penalty heartache and vowed to bounce back following his side's World Cup quarter-final elimination by Uruguay.

Gyan had the chance to win the match, which was poised at 1-1, with the final kick of extra-time after Uruguay forward Luis Suarez had handled Dominic Adiyiah's header on the line, preventing a certain goal.

But Rennes forward Gyan crashed his penalty against the crossbar and although he netted in the ensuing shoot-out, Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera saved two kicks and the South Americans won 4-2 to move on to face Holland in the last four.

"I'll bounce back, I'm strong mentally," said Gyan.

"I had the courage to take the penalty, but that's normal, I'm the penalty taker.

"But that's not the game, now he (Suarez) is the hero in his country, the ball was going in, he stopped it and I missed the penalty. That's the way it is."

Ghana's Serbian coach Milovan Rajevac said that miss had given Uruguay an advantage in the shoot-out.

"We had this penalty and the chance to reach the semi-finals but we didn't get it," he said.

"In the shoot-out Uruguay had a psychological advantage."

Gyan would have joined Cameroon legend Roger Milla as Africa's record goalscorer in World Cup finals had he netted the winner but it wasn't to be.

Comments

  • Jahman
    says: 9 years ago
    We have to blame Mensah for that kick...like a child who is kicking it...i know sunderland will not renew his contract...But even worse was Mensah's kick in the shootout. He took a five-a-side style one-step run-up and sidefooted the ball straight at Fernando Muslera. Dominic Adiyiah missed too, but Mensah's kick was unforgivable.
  • candler
    says: 9 years ago
    Bounce back? hahahah you better retire and to coach milo i say well done.if i were you i will take the job in australia it pays better too
  • OK
    says: 9 years ago
    Why penalty for the first place? That hand ball supposed to be a goal, and so call Fifa aloud that nonsense from Suarez and the refree, why?
  • chicago boy
    says: 9 years ago
    CANDLER YOU ARE A BIG FOOL TO SAY ASAMOAH GYAN TO RETIRE, WOW" HOW CAN U SAY THAT, WHAT HAVE U DONE FOR GHANA, FOOLISH BOY
  • Mahamah A-Aziz,Alajo
    says: 9 years ago
    We had our own destiny to win the match but luck wasn't on our side.I strongly believe "GYAN" was a little too selfish trying to score to second the goal-king chart.He was injured,yet because he was hungry for goals for himself,he did not want to give the chance for Derek Boateng.Because soon on seeing, Derek warm up,he "GYAN"claimed he was alright and that he could continue.He Gyan had the ball and could have released it much earlier most of the time if he really wanted Ghana to proceed but he thought of making history for himself not mother GHANA.GYAN should NEVER forget that Ghanaian's can say Halleluyah and the next instance,they say Crucify him.Ghanaian's criticize what is bad and praise what is Good. Secondly,I have NEVER seen John Mensah kick a penalty and I don't understand how on earth he came forward to kick it when he knew he had no confidence in kicking it. Though we lost,I appreciate what the stars have done and better luck next time
  • boosie
    says: 9 years ago
    chicago ur mother eh !foolish man.why do u support a useless player like asamoah gyan..he is very selfish. once again ur mother.
  • Nii Kwatei
    says: 9 years ago
    CANDLER, WHAT ARE U SAYING? HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN THAT GYAN IS OUR MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER WHO SCORED SERBIA, SCORED AUSTRALIA, AND PUT US IN THE QUARTER FINAL BY BEATING USA?
  • onevim
    says: 9 years ago
    i dont agree with both of you boosie and candler we have than well .. asamoah did his best but hard luck
  • kof123
    says: 9 years ago
    ASAMOAH YOU DID YOUR BEST FOR MOTHER GHANA AND TRUST ME YOUR REWARD WILL COME SOON, HERE IN UK EVEN THEY ALL SAW YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE COURSE ! ALL THAT ME AND MY FAMILY CAN SAY FOR NOW IS THANX BRO AND GOD BLESS YOU!
  • Ken(Birmingham)
    says: 9 years ago
    Thank you Asamoah Gyan. You did your best. You are a good penalty kicker, you just happened to miss the most important kick of your life, but I'm sure Ghana is proud of you. Ghanaians should know that all players can make mistakes, but we football fans should learn to accept players as a full package (thier good efforts and their mistakes as well) because that's what makes them human. We love you Asamoah Gyan. You've made us proud
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    candler n boosie u guyshave realy dissappointed me cuz i never expected u guys to say something like this against our number one striker.when he was banging in the goals everybody was thanking him.this is the way ungrateful ghanaian are. they pray u today n damn u tommorrow. wat did all the eto's,drogbas n gervihnhos do?shwi koto they did. players like baggio,trezeguet n podolski have all missed penalties before. it is luis suarez unsportmanship that cost us dearly.its about time FIFA start to bring in new measures.this handball from suarez must be rewarded as a goal.if fifa wants fair play to stay in the game then they must rescue the name of the fair play. suarez is the guy who has shatred our dreams.didnt u guys see the way he celebrated when the penalty was missed by gyan. so leave gyan alone.
  • mungo
    says: 9 years ago
    It a Big shame to all those putting blames on asamoah gyan .do u know what it takes to score a penalty kick of that caliber?he could have collaps after the kick and at that moment he was carrying the whole of africa and other part of the world on his shoulders alone.our team managers should be teaching players how to go about a penalty kick at a particular point in time.we always loose to penalty shoot-out and what we always say is penalty kick is a luck.so ghanaians would not for once be lucky .i think we should learn a very big lesson from what happened yesterday and put it into practice.i know it not all the time that u score from a penalty kick .even ronaldinho's have missed for once.but when do they miss that.the pecentage of they missing is 1/99.Well done Ghana black stars and better luck next time.we are all proud of u
  • Akwasi Boakye
    says: 9 years ago
    It is unfortunate God paved the way for Ghana to win the world cup,but unfortunately when he created us he gave us something called free will.God gave us the penalty to win but human error threw away Gods blessing.Asamoah is a good player but unfortunately he has missed one too many chances this world cup,this was indeed his time to shine and in 2014 I foresee him being a bench warmer...The goals will flow in 2014 from the foot of Jordan Ayew,Ransford Osei and Dominic Adiyah...Right now these boys are practicing for their big break.Ghana will be back in 2014 either to win the world cup or make it to the semis.Dont forget brazil won their first world cup on their 6th attempt and in their 1st and 2nd attempt they where eliminated in the first round,not forgetting too mention during these times only 16 teams where participating.May Gods name be praised for giving us his blessing's during this cup unfortunately we just couldn't take them.Are all of you aware asmoah gyan hit the post 4 times this world cup if you include the penalty...I pray he picks himelf up,but he definately wouldn't be first choice next world cup.My only concern for 2014 is who will replace our best player Richard Kingson in 2014...He truly is fearless God fearing goal keeper and we must give credit where credit is due he saved us from own goals and opponents goals in pretty much all our games....May God continue to bless Ghana and one day we will emabrace his blessing fully....My heart is Ghanaian and My Soul is African....Motherland Africa
  • Kwabena Darko
    says: 9 years ago
    TO mungo,yes we know that taking a penalty is really hard,it is not an easy task.But the mentality behind Asamoah Gyan,s penalty kick was too bad.He was selfish,he wanted to be the top scorer of the tournament and he was also in a haste and over confident.He filled his mind with pride and that killed him and most of we Ghanaians
  • texas
    says: 9 years ago
    It about time that a referee just takes the move accept such goal bound shots as goal to just as a refree can disallow a goal. I am waiting for that moment. SUCH goal bound shots should accepted as goals! This fucking FIFA must do something on this! It is called goal tending in NBA, and that would have accepted as a goal. FIFA needs to sit up as people are now cheating to get through in football. The whole world was that header as a goal bound and nothing could have stopped it unless of course that hands of (Suarez).
  • sherrif
    says: 9 years ago
    Bounce back in for what,your disgrace to ghana football,Gyan youre selfish and heartbreaker,do you know how ghanaians felt when you missed that penalty kick,do you know the heart attack some people suffered? and yet you believe you will bounce back you just forgot so quickly,do you know the opportunity and the luck black stars got can come again.about 80 percent world population were behind ghana and instead of focusing well and score that penalty you just wasted it,also the only goal you scored on your own was with America,the rest 2 goals was penalty,iwill not blame you if ghana loose during the 90 minutes time but we got last chance,last seconds in our grasp,the decisive moment for ghana to make history and you blew it just like that,you have blew penalties away and youre good at it,just resign from the blackstars and let ghana groome a goodluck striker to take over,youre disgrace to ghana and entire Africa continent,go to hell selfish player like you.
  • Mohammad
    says: 9 years ago
    FIFA needs to look at a some of the rules, specailly on penalties and red cards. Giving a penalty for handling a ball going in is not fair justice> the offeding team gets a chance to prevent a goal and the goalkeeper has a second chance of making a save after having been beaten once! Thus clear advantage to teh offeding team and an incentive for any player in that position to handle the ball. What's teh value fo a red card when it is the last second of the game! A full review of the rules must be made... and we shoudl also introduce video technology - There is NO FAIR PLAY WITHOUT FAIR RESULTS! Time taht Blatter and his mates wake up to the reality, otherwise football will become more and more a game of cheaters becoming heros (like Suarez) gives the other team 9and its goalkeeper a 2nd chance after having been beaten once (which Uruguay took) and psychologically they became stronger.
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    i guess FIFA dont understand the meaning of fairplay n sportmanship.suarez is a big cheat.holland will trounce uruguay.
  • kitos
    says: 9 years ago
    I think it was a punishement given to gyan by Jehovah's God; because, gyan mind's eye was too proud of himself and not for the team as a whole. Lastly, if you want to be a "goal king" score ur own goals during 90minutes and stop rushing for penalty kicks Gyan! ass hole