Asamoah Gyan
Asamoah Gyan

Asamoah Gyan

The striker is still recusing himself from taking penalties in open play at national level because he has still not come to terms with the South Africa 2010 penalty miss

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is still going through nightmares four years after missing a decisive penalty that could have sent the Black Stars to the semi-finals of the World Cup.

The Al Ain striker hit the cross bar in the last minute of extra time against Uruguay at the quarter-finals in South Africa.

Gyan has revealed he still cannot put that acerbic episode behind him.

?Honestly, it has been haunting me since then. I think about it in my quiet moments and I just cannot forget it. I always ask if there will be another opportunity like this for me again. It really hurts,? Citifmonline quotes the in-form forward.

?I say that these things happen in life so I must move on. I have become a better person through that and it will help me at the upcoming World Cup.?

Gyan said the challenge ahead is tough, but it will take a great deal of hard work to survive the group stage at Brazil 2014.

He noted: ?I have grown over the course of two World Cups and I am ready to share what I have learned in my time with those coming up. 2006 saw a young me but now, I have matured and as captain, I urge the players to get ready for the biggest footballing competition.

?We are going as a team and what will take us far will be our performance so we must be focused and qualify from the group.?

The four-time African champions are in the same group with US, Germany and Portugal.

Source: Goal.com

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