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Sports News of Saturday, 30 May 2020


I don't regret my 2006 World Cup blunder - Sammy Kuffour

Samuel Osei Kuffour Samuel Osei Kuffour

Former Ghana defender Samuel Kuffour says he does not regret the blunder he committed during the Black Stars 2006 FIFA World Cup encounter against Italy.

The ex-Bayern Munich guardsman played a significant role in Ghana’s debut qualification to the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany.

The centre-back is widely remembered for a famous back pass-gone-wrong, which led to Vincenzo Iaquinta scoring the second in a 2-0 defeat to Italy.

The game marked Ghana's first ever appearance at the mundial, with Kuffour, then a 29-year-old veteran, on the books of Serie A side AS Roma.

According to him, he does not regret the mistake, saying what happened to him could have happened to any player.

"I don't regret my mistake. As a footballer why would you regret one bad game," Kuffour stated on Joy FM.

"I was a professional so I wasn't bothered because I had done so many mistakes in the past. Why should I still be thinking about it."

"How many players scored an own goal at the World Cup, six, and one of them went on to win the World Cup. I remember Messi missed a penalty against Chelsea at a crucial stage in the Champions League, did Barca fans kill him?

Kuffour never made a return to the Ghana set-up after the error, watching from the bench as the Black Stars reached the round of 16.