Record Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan answered your questions through Juliet Bawuah on the TV3 Twitter page on all subjects from his time in the Ghana Premier League, that penalty miss, his regrets and when he is coming it quits.
On missing out of GPL Goalking
I was ready coming into the league at the age of 17yrs so I was able to fit in very easily. But what I regret is, not being the top scorer in the 2003 Ghana Pemier League because I was going for trials during that time, which affected it; I still managed to be third best goal scorer after Shaibu Yakubu and Kojo Poku. And, if I had played more games, I would have been the top scorer in the League.
On that one thing he regrets
Not winning any trophy with the Black Stars bothers me. Since 2003, I have only gotten a bronze medal and silver; i want the gold, which I don’t have have. So that is what bothers me till now and that is what I want to achieve.
It looks like people wants to retire me but I’m not done yet. I had a couple of injuries but I’m getting back to full fitness. I’m now okay and feel good in my body. I have added a bit of weight that I have to work on and get back to shape.
For me, what will make somebody quit football, is the dedication. But it is still there so i still feel I have a lot to prove and do on the field; when I see certain things I feel like I can still do it. A lot of people have tried but I always say to myself I will call it a day on my own terms; nobody can retire me.
Relationship with Kwesi Appiah
I haven’t spoken to him in a while which is a bit strange. But anytime I see him, we will have our normal chats or jokes. But for me, I think the relationship is a bit broken because of what happened in the past and I don’t know whether it is his conscience or mine but the relationship between me and him is a bit wide.
On feeling unappreciated
I do sometimes. But the other way round I feel people love me more than those who don’t, which is a balance. But the negative ones cause more damage. The records and things I have done are there.
Recently I have witnessed people write positive things about me on social media, and I do ask myself why didn’t they say this before when I was in my prime and causing trouble for defenders? Sometimes, it feels good but sometimes I just sit down and shake my head and laugh.
2010 World Cup Penalty miss still haunts
Till today, anytime I’m alone, it still hunts me. Sometimes I feel like the world should go back again so I can redeem myself. But I know this is something that will haunt me for the rest of my life. I accept that because there is nothing I can do about it. I went there to save my country but I ended up being the villain, which i accept because I know how people feel.
Morning after 2010 Uruguay match
It was a disaster. It was crazy. I was also calm because I couldn’t sleep the whole night because I was crying the whole night till the morning so I was somehow calm because I couldn’t cry anymore. All I was telling myself was to get another chance because I knew I could redeem myself even if not football, something else. But even if I don’t, my kids will do it one day.
Love and hate
When you hate me I don’t really care about that. The fans, most of them know me through football and sometimes say things that will hit you because we are also human. But I don’t blame them because this is what I chose to do so if things go wrong you have to expect all these things. There are also those who give you the respect you deserve anytime you step out so to combine those two, I call it greatness because if you are not great you won’t get anyone to talk about you. It only motivates me.
By Juliet Bawuah