Former Black Stars goalkeeper, Richard ‘Olele’ Kingson, has revealed that he had a blackout when Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty against Uruguay in the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup.
In an interview with Joy Fm, Kingson indicated that the Black Stars team was aiming to become the first African team to reach the semi-finals of a World Cup, but that did not happen after they lost to Uruguay on penalties.
Ghana was gifted a penalty after Luis Suarez prevented Dominic Adiyah’s header from entering the net.
It looked like the golden opportunity to take Ghana to the semi-finals, but Asamoah Gyan’s spot kick struck the post, and that ended the country’s dream of progressing in the tournament.
Richard Kingson further indicated that he was not in the right state of mind after the incident.
“In South Africa, our aim was to cross the quarter-finals,” he said
“We wanted to break that record so we were surprised that Uruguay beat us. We were confident of beating this team. We were together. There was so much unity and so much love.”
“Before we had the penalty, I heard a voice in me saying ‘hold your heart’ so I was a little bit quiet and it came again. I was watching what will happen.”
“When Asamoah Gyan missed the penalty, I had a blackout. Like I told you, we had the confidence that we will beat them. When we had the penalty, everyone was jubilating thinking we will go through so it was a shock.”
“I wanted to be substituted after the miss but we had already used our three substitutes.”
“During the penalty shootouts, I was off [not focused]. I went off after Gyan missed the penalty,” he added.
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