My South Africa 2010 penalty miss got me signed onto Sunderland-Asamoah Gyan reveals

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Captain of the Senior National Team, the Black Stars, Asamoah has told that his missed penalty during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa earned him the signing onto Sunderland AFC.

“When I got to Sunderland the coach told me that he signed me because he thought I was brave. He said how I mustered the courage and the confidence to take the second penalty which I scored successfully was what endeared me to him and that he signed me on because of that” he said.

According to him, in as much as he regrets the incident, it somewhat turned into a blessing in disguise for him.

“What people should understand is that there is no way someone can deliberately miss a penalty in a crucial game at the World Cup level. I felt deeply sad just as the way they felt bad. But that is the game. I have learned my lessons from that and have moved on.” He added.

Baby Jet as the Black Stars skipper is popularly known said he has lifted the ban on playing penalties following the 2010 World Cup debacle and that his refusal to do so was to honour the memory of his late mother who warned him never to take a penalty for the country ever again.


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Kennedy Mornah is an Award Winning Ghanaian Journalist with over two decades of experience in the Ghanaian Media landscape spanning the electronic, print and digital media. He is a Media Consultant, a Corporate MC, Radio and TV Host, Founder and Publisher of the Maritime and Transport Digest Newspaper, Businessman, a Go getter and an optimist. He has worked for renowned media organizations including Diamond Fm in Tamale, Luv Fm in Kumasi, Oman Fm in Accra and Starr Fm in Accra In 2017 he received the Reporter of the Year Award at the Ghana Shippers Awards in Accra, Ghana.

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