Ghana represents not only an African football team in the World Cup 2010 tournament for Ghana also represents hope for Africa. Its defeat at the Uruguay vs Ghana match on penalties for others may just be a simple lost but for them and for Africa it was hope at stake. They wanted to be good at something and show that to the world.
In a continent devastated by hunger, war and diseases, the rise of Ghana to the quarterfinals became a symbol for Africans. As they lose, Asamoah Gyan broke in tears and frustration and the whole continent cried with him.
Ghana Vs Uruguay (4-2) penalty kick full Highlights July 2 2010
Nelson Mandela, the symbol of freedom in Africa sent a message of hope to the whole team as they entered the Round of 16, the only African to do so. Today, Mandela sent another letter to the team.
“[Mandela] wanted us to know he was proud of our players,” Ghana Football Association president Kwesi Nyantakyi said. “He wanted Asamoah to know he was proud of him and his efforts and what he gave for his team. That support is very special and significant to everybody.”
Gyan never thought that this would happen but it seems there are some other plans for them perhaps it would be better.
“This is cruel,” Ghana coach Milovan Rajevac said. “But it is football. What can you say to him [Gyan]? We were so close and somehow it did not happen. We were so close to history.
But this is football and there are winners and losers, it is just sad to see that in simple things like this the hope of a whole continent resides, a continent that should have been developed long time ago.
Here is the song we specially dedicate to Ghana and all of Africa. I cry with Ghana in this defeat! I am with you!
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