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‘Why South Africa 2010 Is My Best FIFA World Cup’ –Gyan

‘Why South Africa 2010 Is My Best FIFA World Cup’ –Gyan

Former Ghana captain, Asamoah Gyan, has been reliving the fun of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, describing it as his best in the history of the world’s biggest football showpiece.

Gyan scored three goals in five games at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and Ghana reached the quarter-finals where they were ousted by Uruguay 4-2 on penalties after the normal play ended 1-1 at Soccer City, Johannesburg on July 2, 2010.

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The Black Stars are set to take part in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar after missing the 2018 edition in Russia.

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Gyan had earlier told BBC about his intention of returning from retirement to feature for the Black Stars at the 2022 FIFA World Cup. If it happens, it will be the former Udinese, Rennes, and Sunderland striker’s fourth FIFA World Cup following his 2006, 2010, and 2014 appearances.

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“Anything can happen, it has happened before in 1994, when Roger Milla came out of retirement to play in the World Cup,” Gyan said.

Former Ghana FA chairman, Dr. Nyaho-Tamkloe supported Gyan’s decision.

“He is a good footballer and if he has the stamina, why not? Roger Milla opted to play in the World Cup at old age and did well,” Tamakloe told Ghanaweb.com.

However, in an interview with Citi Sports Online Ghana assistant coach George Boateng disclosed that Gyan hadn’t been contacted.

“We haven’t spoken to Gyan yet, so we will not disclose anything until we have spoken to the player himself,” Boateng remarked.

Gyan described the 2010 tournament as the greatest World Cup he had ever witnessed.

“I think 2010 World Cup was the best World Cup for me,” Joy News quoted Gyan as saying.

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“It’s the most organised World Cup. Everything was fun because it was in Africa for the first time. People wanted to see what Africans can do, people had to fly all over the world to Africa.

“It brought people together. The organisation was excellent and you could see the real culture. Everything was amazing, for me it was the greatest World Cup I have ever seen.”

Gyan scored 51 goals in 109 games for the Black Stars of Ghana.

Ghana are in Group H of the 2022 FIFA World Cup along with Portugal, Uruguay, and South Korea.

The Black Stars have qualified for the FIFA World Cup four times; Germany 2006, South Africa 2010, Brazil 2014, and Qatar 2022.

 

By Toju Sote

 

 

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COMMENTS

WORDPRESS: 11
  • Badge 2 months ago

    He is the African player with the most world cup goals. Ghana has such a good record in the world cup

     
    • Which African record does Ghana have- just qualifying for a 4th time in 2022? Even before Ghana qualified for the first time in 2006, Cameroon had qualified 4 times and got to quarter final as far back as 1990, and now qualified 7 times. Even Senegal qualified for qtr final at their debut WC in 2002- so which record are you boasting about?

      Nigeria has qualified 6 times, and even though have yet to play at Qtr final stage has qualified for the Knock out stage 3 times compared to Ghana with only 2 qualifications out of group stage.

       
      • Selfmade KING 2 months ago

        If u have all these appearances under ur belt and ur best performance so far is second round exit, then it means u have performed abysmally indeed!

        Ghana made it maiden appearance in 2006, went to the second round, went to South Africa in its only second appearance and make the quarters and only denied a semi final berth with Suarez’s hand, then Ghana has really done well than all these African countries with higher appearances!

        Again, Ghana has produced AFRICA HIGHEST GOALSCORER EVER in the wc with their three appearances with asamoah gyan holding that enviable record!! Gyan has scored more goals in the wc than Messi and is even wonderful that an African has score such number of goals in the wc and can be counted among the best goal scorers!!

        Nigeria, Cameroon, Tunisia etc with their numerous appearances doesn’t have this record in the wc and it just took Ghana only three appearances to make all these records in the tournament!

        These records makes Ghana the most dominant African nation in the wc and arguably has the best RECORDS in the wc!! 

        Deny these hard stated facts!!

        Ghana has AFRICA best records in the wc and there’s nothing u can do about that!! 

         
  • Kunle 2 months ago

    Ghanaians will never let rest in Africa oooo, so so proud, never respect other teams in Africa, claiming to be Brazil of Africa.

     
  • Monte 2 months ago

    Nigeria has six appearances without making the quarter finals, Cameroon eight appearances with only one knockout stage play. Ghana has the best record in Africa. Ghana has the top goal scorer in the tournament from Africa. Ghana has done better than any other African country in the tournament, they’ve proven time and again to be the BIG BOYS.

     
  • Fetch 2 months ago

    Cameroon has qualified eight times for the FIFA World Cup, more than any other African team (in 1982, 1990, 1994, 1998, 2002, 2010, 2014 and 2022. However, the team has only made it once out of the group stage, and this according to some people is Africa’s best record. Very pathetic!

     
    • Cameroon has the best African WC record with 7 going to 8 appearances and was the 1st to get to the Qtr final in 1990 before Senegal did also in 2002.

      If getting out of group to 2nd stage is your determinant then Nigeria holds that record with 3 qualifications to knock out stages in 1994 ( their debut WC), again in 1998 beating almighty Spain 3-1 to top the group, and again in 2014 at Rio 2014.

      So on all counts their is no record broken by Ghana. You Ghanaians are trying hard to create a non-existent record of highest goal scorer by comparing a striker who played in 3 consecutive WC with non strikers or other strikers from other African countries who made only 1 or 2 appearances. That is no bleeding record!

       
      • Selfmade KING 2 months ago

        Senseless!!  Some players played three consecutive matches for their respective nations without scoring a goal! Even AFRICA aside, there are other strikers who has played in more wc matches than gyan did but still hasn’t scored enough goals!!

        The first African nation to have produced a striker who has scored more goals in the wc is Ghana and is a stated record and fact!! It’s in the history books and there’s nothing u can do about it!!

        Nigeria haven’t produced any striker that has scored more goals in the wc than Ghana neither ur Cameroon so stop ur HATE bro!!

        If the question is asked which African nations has reached the wc quarter finals? Definitely Cameroon, Senegal and of course GHANA! Nigeria isn’t there!

        Which African nations has produced a striker who has scored the MOST GOALS in the world greatest human theater(wc)? 

        The answer is definitely GHANA and nkt Cameroon or Nigeria!!

         
  • pompei 2 months ago

    Asamoah Gyan is the best, greatest player the world has ever seen. That is, in your dreams.
    Does that add a cedi to your bank account?
    November is almost here.
    Hahahahaha!

     
  • pompei 2 months ago

    Can you feel the TENSHEN?
    The Ghanaians are so tensed up, because November is almost here.
    WOTOWOTO is upon them, and they have nowhere to hide. So they keep coming here to blow off steam.

     
    • Fetch 2 months ago

      Don’t worry, Ghana knows how to play the world cup. All you need to do is to support the Black Stars to victory!