Ghana and Yeni Malatyaspor midfielder, Afriyie Acquah confessed that he can’t watch a repeat of the 2015 AFCON final with Ivory Coast and had to beg a restaurant manager to change a channel when it was showing a repeat of his penalty miss.
Ghana navigated its way to the final since playing in the 2010 final against Egypt and lost by a goal to nil.
In 2015, the Black Stars were able to get to the final again after five years but the game could not be settled on the field of play but on penalties.
However, the Black Stars came against Ivory Coast, a familiar opponent in 1992.
Ghana took the lead after Ivory Coast missed their first two kicks, but Afriyie Acquah, Frank Acheampong and Razak Brimah missed from the spot and the Black Stars consequently lost 9-8 on penalties.
Acquah said the entire squad knew his dexterity from the spot, hence, prompting then-coach Avram Grant to reshuffle the penalty-taking order for him to go next when originally, he wasn’t next.
“All the players in the squad knew my skill from the penalty spot. I never missed a kick at training. I am very good at penalties.
“In fact, when the Ivorians missed their second penalty, Grant changed the kicking order just so I could go and take that kick. I was confident in the approach to the kick but these things happen. I missed,” the 28-year old told godfred.substack.com
“I have still not watched that game. I remember when we returned to Ghana from Equatorial Guinea, I went out with my family to eat at a restaurant. When we entered the TV in the restaurant had the game on replay. I begged the restaurant manager to change the channel for me.”