‘Asamoah Gyan’s penalty misses wasn't intentional; his commitment has never been in doubt’ — Saani Daara slams Dafeamekpor

Football News From left to right: Ibrahim Sani Daara, Asamoah Gyan and Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor
MAR 2, 2024 LISTEN
From left to right: Ibrahim Sani Daara, Asamoah Gyan and Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor

Former Ghana Football Association Communications Director Ibrahim Sani Daara has challenged claims that Asamoah Gyan intentionally missed Ghana's crucial penalty kick against Uruguay in the 2010 FIFA World Cup for political reasons.

Sani Daara revealed that the former Black Stars captain once played for the national team while sick with malaria fever, demonstrating his commitment to Ghana.

"This is wrong politically. Gyan would have become a bigger star for himself, Ghana and Africa if the penalty had gone in. His commitment to Ghana has never been in doubt.

“Gyan took us to the WC quarters and played with malaria to send us to two AFCON finals (2010 & 2015) with the NDC in power,” he wrote via X post on Friday, March 1.

Sani Daara's comments come in response to accusations made by Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor, Member of Parliament for South Dayi.

Dafeamekpor claimed that Gyan deliberately missed the penalty to deny the then-ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government glory.

In an interview on Radio XYZ in Accra, Dafeamekpor said he now realizes this after Gyan was appointed head of the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) manifesto sub-committee on sports.

He stated, "In my opinion, Gyan intentionally missed that penalty because it was under the NDC government. Now I understand he missed the penalty in the 2010 World Cup and AFCON to prevent glory for the NDC."

Dafeamekpor added, "With Gyan now part of Vice President Bawumia's campaign team, his becoming politically partisan raises questions about why he missed the penalty - so the NDC would not get the credit."

Gyan's missed spot kick came late in extra time of the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal match between Ghana and Uruguay in South Africa.

The game was at a 1-1 stalemate and a goal would have seen Ghana become the first African nation to reach the semifinals.

However, Gyan's penalty was saved, resulting in Ghana's loss in the ensuing shootout - one of the most heartbreaking moments in football history.

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