West Africa Football Academy head coach, Prosper Narteh Ogum has revealed the science behind Asamoah Gyan’s penalty miss ten years ago.
It was virtually the last kick of a titanic game between Ghana [Black Stars of Africa] and two-time World champions Uruguay after Suarez had handled Dominic Adiyiah’s goal bound header.
Behind the ball was Ghana’s penalty expert, Asamoah Gyan, who had previously dispatched two penalties against Serbia and Australia was within touching distance of etching his name in not only Ghana but African and World football.
But as nature will have it, Gyan’s effort kissed the crossbar to the chagrin of Ghana and the rest of Africa who had fallen in love with the Black Stars.
Ghana eventually lost on penalties with Sébastien Abreu putting the final nail in the coffin to end an African dream of reaching the semifinals.
Ten years after the painful ordeal, head coach of Ghana Premier League side WAFA, Prosper Narteh Ogum explained the science behind the penalty miss.
“The Gyan penalty scenario was a case of *Stage Anxiety vs Stage Confidence,” he told Skyy Power FM in Takoradi.
Explaining further, he said: “It wasn’t about fear or confidence, we all know Gyan is confident,”
“Gyan failed to convert the penalty because of movement error, kicking technique error and body alignment error,” he concluded.
Gyan, now Ghana’s all-time leading goal scorer says that penalty miss still haunts him up to date.