Asamoah Gyan, a Ghana great, has responded to Senegal’s Sadio Mané’s penalty miss against Egypt in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) final on Sunday.
The Liverpool midfielder missed a penalty kick in the seventh minute before scoring the game-winning penalty in the shootout to help Senegal win their first-ever African Cup of Nations championship.
Ghana’s all-time leading scorer, Asamoah Gyan, missed a crucial penalty against Uruguay in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal.
Ghana would have been the first African country to reach the World Cup semifinals if he had converted the penalty.
Gyan commended Mané’s daring in stepping up and converting the game-winning penalty while acting as a commentator for SuperSport’s coverage of the Afcon.
“I’ve been there before,” says the narrator. Mane missed a vital penalty but summoned the bravery to go up and strike the game-winning penalty.”
“I was not happy,” Mané stated when asked what was going through his thoughts after the miss. Most of the time, I am the one who scores the penalties. My colleagues, I believe, are the major difference today. ‘Sadio, just forget what happened, we lose together, and we win together,’ everyone said in the dressing room after missing the penalty.
“And as I was about to fire the second penalty, they came over to me and said, ‘We trust you, go ahead and shoot it,’ and that was the difference.” It boosted my motivation, and I went on to shoot and score.”