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Former Black Stars captain Asamoah Gyan says he had a feeling he would score against the Czech Republic at the 2006 FIFA World Cup in the morning of that game.

He said he made this known to his brother, Baffour, who was travelling back to Ghana after missing out on the final squad despite being on the stand-by list.

Ghana had lost the first game 2-0 to Italy in their debut World Cup and were written off against then highly-ranked Czech Republic led by Pavel Nedved.

But just in the first minute, Gyan’s strike beat Petr Cech in post for the European side.

Speaking about that debut goal on Onua Maakye on Onua TV on Monday, April 15, the former Liberty Professionals player said he prophesied that goal.

“I told my brother in our hotel room that I feel I will score, so I told him to tell Ghanaians I will score. I saw it [before the game],” he said.

Gyan went on to give an assist to Sulley Ali Muntari in clinching Ghana’s first win at the World Cup.

He went on to score five more goals at two more World Cups – South Africa 2010 and Brazil 2014 – to become the highest-scoring African player in the history of the FIFA World Cup.

Asamoah Gyan retired from international football in 2023.

He made the announcement while speaking at the 30th Afreximbank Annual Meetings at the Accra International Conference Centre last year.