Asamoah Gyan: Ghana Legend Disagrees Black Stars Were 'Cooked' Against Brazil at 2006 World Cup

Asamoah Gyan: Ghana Legend Disagrees Black Stars Were 'Cooked' Against Brazil at 2006 World Cup

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 8, 2024 at 3:59 PM
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  • Asamoah Gyan reacted to the Ghana vs Brazil game in 2006
  • The Black Stars were humbled by the Selecao in Germany
  • Ghana made her first FIFA World Cup appearance in 2006

Legendary Ghanaian forward, Asamoah Gyan, has rejected claims the Black Stars were totally beaten by Brazil during the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

Ghana were making their first appearance at the global showpiece, defying all odds to beat Czech and the United States to reach the Round of 16, where they faced then-world champions Brazil.

The Black Stars suffered a 3-0 defeat and were eliminated after the first round, with Ronaldo da Lima, Andriano and Ze Roberto scoring for the South Americans.

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Asamoah Gyan in action for the Black Stars against Brazil at the 2006 World Cup. Credit: @FIFAcom Getty Images/ Bob Thomas.
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A video of the game was shared on social media by Ghanaian sports journalist, Owuraku Ampofo, with the caption: "We were cooked beyond the boiling point."

This prompted a reaction from the ex-Ghana international, who attributed the defeat to a lack of experience.

“Experience was the difference in that game but I disagree if u say we were cooked bro. Go back and watch the full game bro," replied Gyan on X, formerly Twitter.

Four years later, in South Africa, the Black Stars became the third African country to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, as reported by Soccer News.

The four-time African champions have since qualified for the World Cup four times, failing to go beyond the group stage in their last two tournaments.

Gyan opens up on UAE move

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Gyan disclosed he had no regrets leaving Europe for the United Arab Emirates at the peak of his career.

The former Black Stars captain left the English Premier League, where he was playing for Sunderland, to join Al Ain in the Gulf.

According to Gyan, he loved playing at Al Ain in the UAE compared to other countries where he played.

Gyan advises Otto Addo on Kudus

Sports Brief also reported that Ghana legend, Asamoah Gyan advised Otto Addo to build the Black Stars around West Ham United star Mohammed Kudus.

Addo's second spell as Ghana coach began in March with a defeat and draw against Nigeria and Uganda.

Gyan believes it is time to look beyond the Ayew brothers and start a new team with Kudus the focal point.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.