Asamoah Gyan: Ghana and Africa's World Cup Legend Shares His Biggest Career Regret

Asamoah Gyan: Ghana and Africa's World Cup Legend Shares His Biggest Career Regret

Lukman Mumuni
April 16, 2024 at 11:51 AM
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  • Asamoah Gyan has disclosed his biggest career regret
  • The former Ghana captain retired from football in 2023
  • Gyan holds the record as Ghana's all-time top scorer

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Ghana legend, Asamoah Gyan, has looked back on his glittering football career as he begins the quest to look for new talents for the country.

The former Ghana captain after hanging up his boots has started an All Regional Games initiative, which will see athletes across all the 16 regions participate for laurels.

Gyan retired from football in 2023 following a career that spanned over two decades, including 19 years with the Black Stars.

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Asamoah Gyan walks away disappointed after missing a penalty against Uruguay at the World Cup in South Africa. Credit: Cameron Spencer
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He represented Ghana at several Africa Cup of Nations championships and three FIFA World Cups.

Gyan is mostly remembered for his goals but with his 51 strikes for Ghana, the moment that sticks to him the most is when he missed the penalty against Uruguay at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

According to Gyan, it remains the biggest dent in his career, knowing Ghana could have been the first African country to reach the semi-final of the World Cup if he had scored.

"I live in my dream, and everyone sees the passion I play football with. That penalty miss was my biggest regret. That’s the only negativity that can be associated with me," he told Onua FM, as quoted by 3news.

The former Sunderland striker remains the country's all-time top scorer with 51 goals from 109 matches, per Transfermarkt.

Gyan names Le Roy as favourite Ghana coach

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that legendary Ghanaian forward Asamoah Gyan named Claude Le Roy as his favourite coach during his time with the Black Stars.

The former Ghana captain played under several coaches in his 19-year spell with the four-time African champions.

Gyan spent time with Ratomir Djukovic, Milovan Rajevac, and Kwesi Appiah at the three FIFA World Cups he played in, scoring six goals to become Africa's all-time top scorer at the competition.

Gyan names best Ghana XI

Sports Brief also reported that Asamoah Gyan named his best Ghana eleven featuring his former teammates and some legendary Ghanaian players.

The former Ghana captain spent almost two decades playing for the Black Stars, lining up with several players including Bayern Munich legend Samuel Osei Kuffour and former captain Stephen Appiah.

He also starred alongside the sons of the legendary Abedi Pele, Andre and Jordan Ayew.

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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.