Asamoah Gyan, a former captain of the Black Stars, has admitted that after Ghana’s loss to Italy in the 2006 World Cup opener, he thought he would score against the Czech Republic.
In the second group game, Gyan beat Petr Cech to score the first goal for the Black Stars at the World Cup and the fastest goal ever at the World Cup staged in Germany.
After suffering a 2-0 loss against the eventual victors in the group opener, Gyan claimed he had a gut feeling he would score.
“In our opening match, Italy gave us a lesson. Even though we performed very well, it was clear that they had more experience than us, he told DStv.
I told my brother, “I feel I am going to score in the next game because I know how the World Cup is now,” when we got back to the hotel.
“I didn’t anticipate the goal to come in at 1 minute and 8 seconds. At the 2006 World Cup, it was the quickest goal ever. Although I had no idea it would happen so soon, I sensed a goal coming and predicted it.
Gyan began his scoring career at the World Cup in 2006 and played a significant role in the 2010 tournament in South Africa. The goal against USA that put Ghana into the quarterfinals was one of the most talked-about goals.
“I recall being unwell during the game versus the USA,” he continued.
“I was suffering from malaria. According to the doctor, I was not going to participate in the game. In the changing room, I started throwing up. When I went there, everything was different, so it was only natural that I scored the winning goal in overtime.