Edward Sarpong's life in danger after missing penalty kick

Ghana defender, Edward Sarpong, has recounted his ordeal after missing a penalty kick against South Africa in the just ended U23 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Edward Sarpong

The Black Meteors failed to qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after losing to South Africa 6:5 on penalties.

The 22-year-old left-back has been slammed and criticized by the Ghanaian media after failing to convert the decisive penalty in the third-place playoff game at the just ended U23 AFCON.

“I have encountered numerous instances of insults, because I’m well known in my area, my mother and sisters are being attacked when they go out. So my mother even told me to remain indoors since she is afraid someone will hurt me,” he said.

He added: “The reason why I took the penalty was that, after the first five kicks, we the players asked ourselves that who is ready to play the next kick; nobody responded so I decided to go and take the ball and play. I was courageous because I have been scoring penalty kicks at training and outside Ghana.”

“I felt uncomfortable when I missed because I have seen some before; for example how people reacted when Asamoah Gyan missed his kick. I also felt bad because, I wanted to make myself, family and country proud which I couldn’t.”

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