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Former professional football goalkeeper of the Black Stars, Richard Paul Franck Kingson aka Olele has sort to clarify what really went on during the penalty kick moment of the team at the Mundial in 2010.
He refuted the popular notion that Asamoah Gyan refused Stephen Appiah the chance to take the penalty which he could have scored.
The Black Stars missed a glorious chance to make history in South Africa in the quarter-final match against Uruguay when Luiz Suarez prevented a goal from Dominic Adiyaih with his hands after several attempts.
As a result, Suarez was shown the red card and a last-minute penalty was awarded to Ghana. The whole of the country believed Asamoah Gyan was score based on his record at that time but it ended in tears.
Asamoah Gyan took the penalty and hit the upper post missing to score eventually and dashing Ghana’s dreams. Ghanaians heaved coals of criticisms on Asamoah Gyan and blamed him for denying Stephen Appiah the chance to kick the penalty and score.
Richard Olele Kingson an interview with Fox FM in Kumasi said:
“Asamoah Gyan was our first penalty taker. When there was a penalty, everyone knew Gyan would take it. So against Uruguay, when the penalty was awarded, Appiah took the ball and immediately handed the ball to Gyan.
“Sometimes, some people say Appiah wanted to take the kick but Gyan stopped. That was never true. Gyan was always going to have it,”