Edward Sarpong opens up on his missed penalty that cost Ghana at U23 AFCON Featured
29 Apr

Edward Sarpong opens up on his missed penalty that cost Ghana at U23 AFCON

The Portugal based Ghanaian defender has opened up on his penalty missed at the 2019 Africa Cup U23 Cup of Nations.
 
 
Ghana U23 left-back Edward Sarpong says he made a bold decision to play the decisive penalty in their semi-final clash with South Africa after his teammates refused to make themselves available for the West African country.
 
The 23-year-old was slammed and mocked by most Ghanaians after failing to convert a the decisive penalty in the third-place playoff game against South Africa where Ghana lost 6-5 on penalties.
 
The Black Meteors of Ghana failed to qualify to the postponed 2020 Olympic Games following their 6-5 lost to the South Africa U23 side on penalty shootout.
 
Sarpong revealed that his teammates turned back against the nation despite calls from the head coach, Ibrahim Tanko.
 
"I was originally not one of the players selected to take the penalty against South Africa but after the first five had taken, no player was willing to take," Sarpong said in an interview with Saddick Adams on Instagram Live.
 
"Coach [Ibrahim Tanko] was calling some players to step up and kick but they all refused. 
 
"That is why I stepped up for my country. I think that if I had not played the penalty, the referee would've ended the match as some point because nobody was willing to play"
 
Sarpong is currently plying his trade with Portuguese third-tier club C.F. Esperança de Lagos.
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