If there was a World Cup an African group regarded able to making a historic semi-final look, then it was on the 2010 South Africa event with the official track ‘Waka Waka’ (This time for Africa)’ being on fixed radio rotation.
Ghana, who had been making their second look within the event, had been eager to latch onto the theme of Shakira’s track and turn into the primary African aspect to succeed in the final 4 – having reached the second spherical of their maiden look 4 years earlier.
Many believed that The Black Stars overachieved on the 2006 World Cup, having made it out of a gaggle containing Italy, Czech Republic and the USA earlier than being knocked out within the spherical of 16 by Brazil.
The performances put Ghanaian soccer on the map, and their avenging of the defeat to Brazil three years later within the ultimate of the U20 World Cup solidified them as a drive to be reckoned with on the world stage.
5 gamers from that golden Below-20 squad, together with Captain Andre Ayew, had been rushed to the senior group and the technique paid off. The children performed key roles within the Stars reaching the quarter-finals of the primary ever World Cup on African soil – though Asamoah Gyan, Kevin-Prince Boateng and Sulley Muntari had been the actual stars of the group.
“Luiz Suarez’s hand denied Adiyiah a sure objective, however gifted Gyan a possibility to seal his place in African soccer historical past with one spot kick. “
Their progress to the final eight was a particular second for Africa as a result of the continent’s 4 different representatives had been knocked out – offering ammunition for many Africans to indicate profound solidarity with the Black Stars.
Cameroon and Senegal had beforehand reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup however none of them received fairly as near the semi-final stage because the Black Stars did. However for the dramatic conflict with Uruguay on the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, this maybe my most memorable second of the event, the Ghana would’ve progressed additional than ever earlier than.
I assumed the Black Stars had made historical past when Muntari handed Ghana the lead, however Diego Forlan’s equaliser dazed me and the Ghanian group, forcing the sport into additional time.
Deep into additional time, Luiz Suarez’s hand denied Adiyiah a sure objective, however gifted Gyan a possibility to seal his place in African soccer historical past with one spot kick.
Sadly, Gyan blasted his try towards the crossbar and left hundreds of thousands of Africans in utter disbelief. My toes went numb for a second. There was full silence all through my neighborhood. A whole continent was in shock that he had missed – shock which drifted into disappointment after which, for some no less than, resentment for the ahead.
Ghana in the end misplaced 4-2 within the penalty shootout; Gyan made amends changing the opening kick however that wasn’t sufficient. After the very fact, Gyan confronted criticism for stopping Captain Stephen Appiah for taking the a hundred and twentieth minute penalty kick.
“It’s true he killed us, he killed our dream, he killed Africans’ dream, and all have that feeling that he didn’t make us the primary [African] nation to get to the semi-finals, so that can all the time be there,” Ayew, now the nation’s captain, was quoted by Pleasure Sports activities Ghana on the Luis Suarez incident.
The continent’s dream by no means transpired, regardless, the 2010 World Cup was a ravishing event. And typically, it’s okay for fairytales to finish in a mildly disappointing vogue.
Whatever the consequence, Ghana actually did us proud.