Ghana striker Asamoah Gyan exited the Africa Cup of Nations as public enemy number one among some Black Stars’ supporters after Wednesday’s quarter-final loss to Zambia.
The Sunderland forward, on-loan to Al-Ain, was on the receiving end of vitriolic abuse on social networking site twitter from Ghana fans who held him solely responsable for their team’s shock 1-0 demise. Overlooking Gyan’s contribution in getting Ghana into the last four they honed in on his first-half penalty miss.
Awarded for a foul on Kwadwo Asamoah by Davies Nkausu, Gyan’s tame spot kick was saved by Zambia keeper Kennedy Mweene who, guessing correctly, dived to his left and pushed the ball away with his left hand.
Gyan, whose three goals were instrumental in Ghana reaching the 2010 Nations Cup final, was not at his sharpest and shot timidly at Mweene soon after when put through by Andre Ayew.
Gyan also missed a last minute penalty in the final minute of Ghana’s World Cup quarter-final against Uruguay, a fact that did not escape Black Stars’ twitter users.
- Zambia beat Ghana to 2012 Nations Cup Final (indepthafrica.com)