Gian Asamoah held a video interview with Ghanaian TV3, in which he spoke about his painful memories against Egypt and Côte d’Ivoire in the African Nations Final, and the Uruguay match in the World Cup quarter-finals.
“The penalty kick against Uruguay was the defining moment in my career with Ghana,” Asamoah said.
“The ghost of that kick chases me every night. Sometimes I feel that time must go back, and events change so that I can live normally, but this will not happen and I will stay with the ghost forever.”
Ghana reached the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup, to face Uruguay. A match between black stars nearly won and qualified for the semi-finals as the first African national team to reach this honor historically. Luis Suarez pulled the ball out of his hand from the goal line in the 120th minute, for the referee to decide to count a penalty for Ghana and expel both.
Gian Asamoah came up with the penalty kick, but he shot in the overhead bar, for both teams to take a penalty shootout.
In a penalty shootout, Uruguay won 4-2 to reach the semi-finals, and Ghana graduated from the championship amid the celebrations of Suarez, acting for his country.
Gian Asamoah scored three goals in that tournament. Of them, two goals from penalty kicks and a decisive goal in extra time against the United States in the round of 16, but nevertheless the shot of wasting against Uruguay will remain constant, and the worst in the path of the Ghanaian star.
The 34-year-old also talked about losing the final of the African Nations twice, he said, “Since 2003, I have only won silver and bronze medals with Ghana, so I still want gold. I will continue to look for the coronation.”
“What happened to Egypt in 2010, and to Côte d’Ivoire in 2015, still hurts me. But I will continue to search for my goal,” he said.
Ghana has twice lost the African Nations Final, in the presence of Gian Asamoah. The first was against Egypt in Angola in 2010 with the goal of Mohamed Nagy “Gedo”, and the second against Egypt in Cote d’Ivoire in Equatorial Guinea in 2015 with a penalty shootout.
Gyan Asamoah is the most historically Ghanaian national team in 109 international matches. He is also the historical top scorer with 51 goals.
Although Jian participated with Ghana in three copies of the World Cup in 2006, 2010, and 2014, and despite Ghana achieving the title of the African Nations four times historically, but Gyan Asamoah has never been crowned with black stars with any title in different age groups.