It’s been almost nine months since Asamoah Gyan cried on the pitch after missing a penalty shot against Uruguay that would have sent “The Black Stars” of Ghana into the semifinals of the World Cup football tournament in South Africa. In the words of Ghana Soccernet, “all was forgiven” at London’s Wembley Stadium March 29th when Gyan scored the equalizer against England in a high-profile international friendly.
London has a vibrant Ghanaian community, and Ghanaian fans made their presence felt at the Ghana-England friendly. After the match, Gyan said, “I dedicate this goal to the fans because they have been waiting for this game for so long and finally it happens and I scored an important goal for Ghana – something historic.”
Gyan and Ghana made history at last year’s World Cup, becoming the third African side to reach the quarterfinals. Gyan played a big role in Ghana’s World Cup success, leading the team’s attack with three goals, the most of any African player. At the club level, Asamoah Gyan has been finding the net for Sunderland in the English Premier League. As of March 30th, the Ghanaian striker had nine goals, tieing him for fifth place in the league scoring charts.