The animosity between Ghana and Uruguay as far as the FIFA World Cup is concerned will reach homestretch tonight as the Black Stars aim to settle scores after they were eliminated from the 2010 World Cup in what they believe was the most controversial manner.
Ghana would be the first African team to reach the World Cup semis were it not for Asamoah Gyan failing to hit the target after a penalty was awarded as a result of Luiz Suarez punching out the ball on its way to the net.
The whole continent was watching Gyan’s feet for the best moment ever in African football only for him to hit the ball away from the target, sending Ghana and the whole continent, and the world, quiet.
The West African nation failed to qualify after the penalty shootout resulted to 4-2 after a regular time 1-1 draw.
Ghana legend Asamoah Gyan now says he doesn’t know what happened and believes there was something more to his infamous penalty miss.
“I scored in extra time against America so the confidence level was that high. Against Uruguay when we had a penalty, although there was pressure, I was the most confident player in the world.
“I just needed to step up and shoot. Honestly, I will say it was one of these days because my penalties do not go that high. I didn’t know how that penalty went high. I think it was a technical error or something.
“When we went to the penalty shootout I just wanted to prove a point. I had to step up and I scored – you have to come back and prove yourself.” Asamoah said as reported by Goal.
It is now 12 years later, and a win for the Black Stars will be a sure ticket to the Round of 16 regardless of the outcome between Portugal, who are already in, and South Korea, and the best revenge ever to Ghana fans.
This how Ghana’s group stands.
Sam Oduor is the editor-in-chief at the Western Kenya Times who leverages the power of the Internet in telling stories that shape opinions.