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2010 World Cup: I had blackout after Gyan missed penalty against Uruguay - Richard Kingson

Richard Kingson31 Olele was the man in the post during that clash against Uruguay

Sat, 13 Jun 2020 Source: footballghana.com

Former Ghana goalkeeper, Richard Kingson has revealed that he had a blackout after Asamoah Gyan failed to covert the late penalty against Uruguay during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Gyan, 33, struck his injury-time kick against the crossbar, breaking the hearts of millions of Ghanaians and Africans after dramatic 1:1 in regulation time.

Had the former Sunderland forward scored, he would have propelled the Black Stars into the semi-final of the World Cup - the first by any African nation.

“In South Africa, our aim was to cross the quarter-finals," he told Joy FM.

"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.

Source: footballghana.com
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