Former Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has opened up on Asamoah Gyan’s penalty miss at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, saying the striker “shattered our dreams.”
The country’s all-time leading top scorer, failed to convert from 12 yards out after the Black Stars were awarded a penalty in stoppage time of the second half of extra-time in their quarter-final match against Uruguay.
The penalty was awarded as a result of a deliberate handball by striker Luis Suarez, and Gyan blew it. His miss cost Ghana the opportunity to make history. They were on the verge of becoming the first African team to reach the World Cup’s semi-finals.
Speaking in an interview, Kingson, who was in goal for the Black Stars in that match, described how they felt after the final whistle.
It was a mixed feeling, our dreams were shattered when Gyan missed from the penalty spot but most importantly we were at the centre of history, missing penalty is part of the game,” he told Ignite Media.
The former Blackpool FC goalkeeper is currently the Black Stars goalkeeper’s trainer and is preparing for the upcoming 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.