After captain Andre Ayew’s penalty miss against Uruguay Friday, many Ghanaians got disappointed following the team’s failure to level the scoreline and proceed to win to secure a spot in the round of 16.
Dede, together with many players in the team are trending on social media for obvious reasons.
But, one surprising trend is that of former Black Stars defender and Captain, John ‘the Rock of Gibraltar’ Mensah.
Even though today is his 40th Birthday, the defender is trending for the penalty miss suffered by Ghana in yesterday’s game.
After Asamoah Gyan’s spot kick miss against same side in South Africa 12 years ago, it was a quarter final clash which was decided by penalty shootouts.
Gyan, after missing the most important kick in Ghana’s football history gathered courage to take the first shoot and converted.
But a miss from Dominic Adiyiah, whose goal-bound shot was denied by Suarez with his hand and that of John Mensah, got Ghana eliminated from the only Mundial to be hosted on African soil.
John Mensah, then Captain of the team, and Dede Ayew, now captain of the Black Stars both took the same style of penalty according to netizens, making many describe the latter’s kick as a stray bullet to the former.
Journalist Bridget Otoo seems to have advised the players on that kind of kick but they seem to be adamant.
Joey Obeng said Dede’s kick was a repetition of John Mensah’s 12 years ago.
According to Sweet Israel, “Captain Dede Ayew did the same penalty style and miss of John Mensah who was also a captain for Ghana Black Stars.”
Emmanuel Tate on the other hand sees John Mensah’s kick as a better one compared to Adre Ayew’s.
“Proper Striker is in the pitch but you do your santo like dressing mirror, pull your armband go play penalty like John Mensah,” was Sani United’s rant.
Mr. Romeo opined the moment was a stray bullet for John Mensah.
Efo saw some determination in Asamoah Gyan’s penalty kick 12 years ago compared to Dede and John Mensah’s.
Someone also said he is having “traumatic flashbacks” with the kick.
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By Felix Anim-Appau|Onuaonline.com