Ghana gets backing of continent

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:33 PM ET

RUSTENBURG - They did not want to leave Royal Bafokeng Stadium, hoping to savour the moment as long as they could.

With vuvuzelas blaring and songs of victory filling the chilly Rustenburg night, euphoric Ghana fans remained in the stands long after the final whistle, their chants of joy representing the jubilation of the entire Africa continent.

On this night, the lone remaining African representative in the World Cup had slain the big, bad U.S. Sure, it had taken extra time to accomplish it. But accomplish it they did.

Maybe the South African fans no longer have Bafana Bafana. But at least there’s Ghana.

“We made everybody proud,” said striker Asamoah Gyan, whose extra-time goal in the 93rd minute proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory Saturday. “Not Ghana alone, but all of Africa.”

Indeed, this is Africa’s team now, one that holds the hopes of the entire continent.

According to Gyan, his team was confident coming into this round of 16 game. Four years earlier, Ghana defeated the U.S. by the identical 2-1 score, once again sending the Americans packing.

“We did it before,” Gyan said. “We did it in 2006.”

Next up: a spot in the quarter-finals against Uruguay. A tough opponent, to be sure.

Then again, Uruguay will quickly find out they are going up against an entire continent.

It was a challenge even the mighty Americans could not overcome.

mike.zeisberger@sunmedia.ca


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