Former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan has refuted allegations that he plans to travel to the 2022 World Cup just to seek revenge on Uruguay for the degrading treatment Ghana had at the 2010 World Cup.
In stoppage time at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg, Luis Suarez intercepted Dominic Adiyah’s goal-bound header, solidifying his status as Africa’s best football opponent for 2010.
In an interview with an Accra-based FM station years after that game, Asamoah Gyan said that he almost hit Luis Suarez for depriving the Black Stars of the chance to compete in the semifinals of the World Cup.
Asamoah Gyan said in an interview with BBC’s John Bennett that although Ghanaians would want to exact revenge on Uruguay, that is not his major concern. Gyan did admit that, given the chance, he would love to defeat Uruguay.
“When the draw came and we were going to face Uruguay, the word Ghanaians had was revenge and I’m human so I can’t forget what happened in 2010. I’m human and I have that incident back on my mind and if I get another chance I can be able to prove myself.”
Following the Luis Suarez incident, the Black Stars were given a penalty, but Asamoah Gyan was unable to convert it, forcing Ghana to lose in a penalty shootout.
Asamoah Gyan v Luis Suarez part 2 anyone?
Gyan says he’s on an 8 week training programme to get fit enough to be considered for selection in Ghana’s World Cup squad.@JohnBennettBBC #GhanaWebSports pic.twitter.com/zcPvJgv57I
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