Africans look for silver lining after Ghana's World Cup loss

Published on: 02 July 2010

African fans hoping that Ghana could become the first team from the continent to make the semifinals of the World Cup tried to console themselves late Friday after the Black Stars fell to Uruguay in a penalty shootout.

"I have every reason to support Ghana,'' businessman James W. Saye Kea said in Liberia. "Just that I am disappointed by the defeat.''

In Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, supportive chants of "Ghana! Ghana!'' rang out after the final whistle, and fans noted that Brazil was also knocked out Friday and France did not make the final 16.

In a statement, South Africa's governing African National Congress said it was impressed by Ghana's performance, which proved Africans were capable of playing at the highest level.

"We are also very confident that the lessons learnt from this tournament will put Africa in a better position for the next World Cup in Brazil,'' said the ANC, which had urged South Africans to support Ghana after South Africa became the first host nation eliminated after group play.

Nigeria, Cameroon, Algeria and Ivory Coast have also been eliminated.

Muslim fans in Guinea had appealed for Friday prayers in support of Ghana, and sacrificed chickens according to the rites of traditional religions.

Ghana forward Asamoah Gyan hit the crossbar with a penalty at the end of extra time after Uruguay forward Luis Suarez was ejected for handling the ball on the goal line. Uruguay won the shootout 4-2.

In Yeoville, a central Johannesburg neighborhood that is home to immigrants from across Africa, strains of Shakira's official World Cup song, "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),'' could be heard coming from bars after each of Ghana's successful penalty kicks. At the end, somber fans walked slowly home.

Musa Badjie, a fan in Gambia, was angry.

"This is soccer, not handball,'' he said. "The right decision would have been to validate the Ghanaian goal and give a red card to the Uruguayan player who used his hands to push the ball back in the field of play.''

Back in Ouagadougou, Seydou Tiendrebeogo was in tears after watching the game on a big screen television.

"Ghana has ruined the dreams of the continent,'' she said.

Comments

  • askantwi
    says: 9 years ago
    THE REFEREE SHOULD HAVE AWARDED AN INSTANT GOAL FOR GHANA. A PENALTY COULD ALWAYS BE MISSED. IF THAT HAPPENS, YOU REWARD THE CHEATER WHO USED HIS HANDS TO STOP A SCORING OF A GOAL. THAT'S A SHAME.
  • Jonathan
    says: 9 years ago
    What's with dat bs that every African supported Ghana!? By logic - does that mean dat the whole of Africa will support Germany now because in their squad are the only Africans left in the tournament - Dennis Aogo, Jerome Boateng & Sami Khedira? And do the Muslims in Guinea pray for Germany now because Mesut Oezil & Serdar Tasci are their brothers?
  • access
    says: 9 years ago
    BLAME THE COACH CUZ GHANA HAVE THE PLAYERS TO WIN THIS WORLD CUP FOR AFRICA THE COACH DID NOT KNOW HOW TO USED TTHEM,WHERE WAS QUINCY OWUSU ABEYIE?
  • access
    says: 9 years ago
    WHITE MAN CAN NEVER HELP BLACK MAN.IS TIME BLACK MAN TAKE CARE OF IT SELF.
  • Segun
    says: 9 years ago
    Surprised at some of the comments. If you were a Nigerian, you will appreciate how far your team went in the tournament and how well the team played.
  • Brontortor!!!
    says: 9 years ago
    Look, if Gyan had scored that penalty we won't be talking about the coach. Everything was working for Ghana. The formation, the movement, everything. It's just that when it came to the moment of truth, we couldn't grab victory by the neck. The boys did well, the coach did well. Let's applaud them and stop trying to find a scapegoat. Congratulations to the Black Stars, congratulations to Ghana and to Africa.
  • ame
    says: 9 years ago
    Please change the title of one of your article. Ghana did not end the dream of only west Africa. It was the dream of the whole continent and all black people around the world. I was looking for possible reason for the last minute mealt down of our beloved Ghanean team and i found out you limited Ghana succusses and failure only to the west. I am sorry to see that in your web site. I am from east Africa and i was stuned by our Ghanean brothers performance. Really those boys make us proud to be African. Thank you.
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    well said brontortor.they wanna find a scapego
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    they wanna find a scapegoat.milo has done well.
  • Jahman
    says: 9 years ago
    We have to blame Mensah for that kick...like a child who is kicking it...i know sunderland will not renew his contract...But even worse was Mensah's kick in the shootout. He took a five-a-side style one-step run-up and sidefooted the ball straight at Fernando Muslera. Dominic Adiyiah missed too, but Mensah's kick was unforgivable.
  • OK
    says: 9 years ago
    Why, why, why penalty why, automatically, that hand ball is a gaol. So why Fifa can aloud such a bad decision from the refree? Yet still no protest from any of the African officials. Oh Africa, when?
  • Lè shaq
    says: 9 years ago
    OK my friend i can feel ur pain, but there are laws gorvening football so it is not about protest or refree or whatever.what we shuold cry for is some amendment of the laws of fifa.B'cos this is a cheat of a player in a game of the highest order.
  • Sammy
    says: 9 years ago
    i dont expert the anyone to blame the coach,he did wonderful......Just that the ref should have accepted the goal rather than giving a penalty kick,maybe FIFA should have Suarez a ban
  • yamoah ponko
    says: 9 years ago
    i blame the referee for Ghana's defeat cos he should have whistled for a goal instead of awarding a penalty. the game is football and not handball.
  • Felix
    says: 9 years ago
    They say good judgement comes from experience,and experience comes from making mistakes.FIFA should learn from this and amend the laws of the game.Any deliberate handling of a goal bound ball ( Suarez style) must result in a straight red card for the culprit and a goal given.Suarez must bow down in shame for his behavior. He took advantage of the loophole in FIFA law and it worked cruelly against us.The Black Stars must be proud of their achievement in this tournament.Better luck next time.
  • tony neglo
    says: 9 years ago
    Ghana have prove to the world that Africa can make it next time .Good luck next time.
  • keith from germany
    says: 9 years ago
    guys let us forget about the defeat eventhough i know its very hard to forget about. such kind of games can only make our boys strong.